Rose of Sharon, Rose of Althea, Syrian Rose
A flowering shrub native to China but now cultivated in many parts temperate and sub-tropical, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Its extensive cultivation has led to various cultivar being produced of this species, many of which have been recognised with scientific names. As Bonsai they make lovely Medium to large Bonsai, and they takes naturally to a vase shape.
Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Broom, Clump
Prefers a full sun position especially if you are looking for good flowering. Can grow comfortably in semi-shade too.
Needs a moist soil so do not allow to dry out, otherwise you are likely to have both leaf and flower buds drop.
Feed well during the growing season, use a balanced feed, if profuse flower is required then use
Leaf and Branch Pruning:
Grows quite profusely so need regular pruning. It responds well to pruning so can be kept quite compact. It flower on current years growth, so best to resort to heavy pruning if required after flowering, in autumn.
Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Young trees are best repotted annually. Like a free draining and humus rich (acidic) soil. sue one part Akadama, one part pumice and 1 part leaf mould or well composted bark.
Shaping is usually carried out with pruning, the branches may be wired at any time of the year but can be brittle and liable to snap. Bark scars easily so watch best not to leave on wire too long.