rose of Sharon


rose of Shar·on

\-ˈsher-ən\

Definition of ROSE OF SHARON

:  a commonly cultivated Asian shrub or small tree (Hibiscus syriacus) having showy bell-shaped rose, purple, or white flowers

Origin of ROSE OF SHARON

Plain of Sharon, Palestine
First Known Use: circa 1847

Rhymes with ROSE OF SHARON

rose of Sharon

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Shrub or small tree (Hibiscus syriacus, or Althaea syriaca) in the mallow family, native to eastern Asia but widely planted as an ornamental for its showy flowers. It can grow to 10 ft (3 m) and generally assumes a low-branching pyramid shape. The mallowlike flowers range from white and pinkish-lavender to purple, generally with a crimson base; some varieties have double flowers. The name also sometimes refers to the unrelated Aaron's-beard (Hypericum calycinum), a shrubby relative of St.-John's-wort.

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