Rose of Sharon is a beautiful tree or bush that blooms pleasant delicate pink flowers. It is a common, popular choice to grow in many gardens due to its beauty. If you have a Rose of Sharon growing in your garden or are planning to grow one, you will have to know how to properly care for it. This of course includes the pruning of the plant.
When you have this beautiful plant, whether the tree or bush variety, you will find that it blooms anywhere between mid- to late May through the summer and into September. Of course, when exactly you can expect full bloom is dependent on the region in which you live, but if you are in a climate that receives four distinct seasons, late spring through early fall is the time you will see them. Just like all other trees, you will have to prune the Rose of Sharon so that it can maintain its shape as well as its absolute maximum health.
In general, the best time to prune your tree or bush is during early spring, or specifically, late March through early May, prior to the arrival of any buds. Rose of Sharon is a late bloomer, so this time should prove a good one, except, unless, the weather becomes especially unseasonably warm too early! Pruning will encourage beautiful new growths, and you can sit back and watch as your plant thrives throughout the summer.
When you do the actual pruning, you can be assured of cutting stubs of about two to three feet without causing injury to the plant. Hedge clippers work to do the job, but you can go a bit farther and even use a pruning saw. In using this tool, you will create a smaller Rose of Sharon, yet manage to shape it at a natural form.