Hibiscus syriacus is a shrub to 6 m tall; stems erect, branching.
Leaves alternate egg-shaped, 3-lobed, margin toothed.
Flowers white, pink, purple, radially symmetrical, large, showy, petals to 6 cm long, with crepe-like texture, calyx hairy, July-Aug.
Fruit a dry capsule, hairy, angled with many long-hairy seeds. NL (but found growing in part-shaded flood plains).
Frequency in New York City: Infrequent.
Origin: East Asia.
Habitat: Escaped from cultivation, or planted in natural areas.