Hibiscus syriacus rose-of-sharon Malvaceae HISY*; Bx, br, pb; NY, bl; Q, u; K; R;

Hibiscus syriacus.commons.wikimedia.org

Hibiscus syriacus.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 7/2014).

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.