I have a Rose of Sharon, around 7 - 8 years old, that appears to be dead after our bitterly cold 2018 - 9 winter. I've been told that sometimes Rose of Sharon will appear dead only to come out of it the following year and return to full blooms and green leaves. I'm not sure if what I've been told is true. If there aren't any blooms and no known signs of growth or any green leaves is it dead? Or is what I've heard true and should I wait until next spring and see if it comes around before taking my chain saw to it and removing it? Thank you, Gary
Macon County Illinois
Thank you for your question. This will be best answered by a Master Gardener volunteer or horticulture educator. Call the office closest to you (https://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/findoffice.cfm) to find out how to work with your Rose of Sharon. Pictures and/or cuttings of the plant may also be helpful for a MG or horticulture educator.