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Hibiscus Syriacus William R Smith, commonly known as Rose Mallow William R Smith, is a deciduous, flowering shrub with stunning pure white blossoms during late summer and autumn. Robust and tough, this Hibiscus variety is prized for its classical, elegant beauty. The leaves of this shrub are dark green, three-lobed and offer interest throughout the better part of the year. But the most loved feature of Hibiscus Syriacus William R Smith are its single, funnel-shaped, pure white flowers. Circa 10 centimetres across, the blossoms unfold in late summer, adorning the plant well into autumn. Undemanding and easy to grow, Hibiscus William R Smith prefers moist but well-drained soil and a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden. Although this variety will tolerate partial shade, it won’t flower profusely unless planted in full sun. Tolerant of deer, rabbits and drought, this tough cultivar won’t mind being planted in coastal gardens, as long as proper shelter is provided. Rose Mallow William R. Smith has no problem handling heat and humidity, as these conditions actually encourage the shrub to flower more abundantly. With an upright, bushy habit, Rose Mallow William R. Smith grows to be around 1.5 to 2.5 metres tall and 1 to 1.5 metres wide over a period of 10 to 20 years. Although vigorous, this flowering shrub requires no routine pruning. To keep this Hibiscus variety in great shape, just remove any dead, damaged or unwanted shoots at the beginning of the spring. Native from China to India, this cultivar is fully hardy in Britain and Ireland. As long as the temperatures in your area don’t drop below -15 degrees, this flowering shrub will thrive in your garden. Hibiscus Syriacus William R Smith also won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society, a sure sign it performs well in British gardens. Hibiscus William R Smith offers elegance and unpretentious beauty complements any type of garden. The white blossoms and an upright habit make this cultivar ideal for mixed shrub borders, where this variety of Rose Mallow won’t compete for attention with neighbouring shrubs. Plant alongside shrubs with spring or early summer flowering interest, as the dark green foliage of this variety will serve as a great backdrop. Delicate and simple, the pure white flowers can make this shrub stand out even when it is planted on its own, both in containers and directly in the garden. Other white or pale flowering varieties of hibiscus include Hibiscus Syriacus Red Heart and Hibiscus Syriacus Totus Albus.