how to trim Rose of Sharon

Asked August 17, 2015, 6:47 PM EDT

the rose of Sharon is approx. 7 years old and approx. 16 feet across and about 10 feet high we have never trimed it it has lots of blooms and it looks great but we think it is getting too large how do we trim it? thank you

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This is a summer flowering shrub. Prune in early spring before growth begins. The root system sometimes provides an inadequate anchor and plants become lopsided and sprawling. The plant can be prone to dieback.
On established plants pruning is best kept to a minimum. Usually no more than one third of the plant. Any shoots that show signs of dieback should be cut back to live wood. Lopsided plants respond well to reshaping.
If you want to renovate, plants can be cut back hard by removing older branches entirely and cutting the remainder back hard. mh