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Hibiscus Syriacus Pink Chiffon, perhaps better known as Pink Chiffon Rose of Sharon, is one of the stunning ‘Chiffon’ hibiscus varieties bred in Cambridgeshire by Dr Wood. Alongside this delicate pink version are Hibiscus Syriacus Lavender Chiffon, Hibiscus Syriacus Blue Chiffon and Hibiscus Syriacus White Chiffon. All of these Chiffon cultivars have semi-double flowers composed of two rows of petals measuring eight centimetres across. These tissue paper blooms appear in late summer to early autumn and – in the case of Pink Chiffon - cover its branches in lacy pink flowers
The blooms of Pink Chiffon have dark pink veining around the centre petals that accentuates the flower-head’s shape. The leaves, which also appear in late summer, are lobed green foils to its pretty pink blooms. The overall effect is stunning, particularly as it bursts into life as most other flowering shrubs are fading away.This plant is a more compact grower than other (non-chiffon) varieties of hibiscus, which makes them more suited to smaller spaces. It will reach a maximum height and width of two metres with 10-20 years.
How Hardy Is Hibiscus Syriacus Pink Chiffon Despite its delicate and fancy flowers this is a fully hardy deciduous shrub, but its mass of flowers are best protected in a sheltered position away from harsh, drying winds.
How Can I Use Hibiscus Syriacus Pink Chiffon This shrub is best at prolonging the growing season as it tends to flower later than other flowering shrubs such as Buddleia and Weigela, so it is perfectly set at the back of a flower border. Alternatively you can remove lower branches and train it into a small standard tree. If you prefer to container grow your shrubs, Pink Hibiscus Rose of Sharon will thrive in well-watered and fed pots. Should you be feeling adventurous in the kitchen you can actually use the petals to decorate a salad. They have a mildly citrus taste.
How To Care For Hibiscus Syriacus Pink Chiffon Regular pruning isn’t necessary, but this is a tough plant, so don’t be afraid to prune it hard if you’re looking for a bushy effect. Any pruning should be carried out in early spring before the leaves appear. Hibiscus Syriacus Pink Chiffon is not too fussy about soil types and will manage in most situations if placed in well-drained but moist soil. Full sun in a south or east facing position brings the best flower display, but it will be content in partial shade too.
If you are looking for a compact shrub with visual impact and structure in autumn, then Pink Chiffon Rose of Sharon is perfect. You can’t go wrong with its easy to grow nature, stunning blooms and smaller garden fit.