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Hibiscus 'Hamabo'

Hibiscus syriacus 'Hamabo'

Also known as

Rose Of Sharon 'Hamabo', Shrubby Mallow 'Hamabo', Tree Hollyhock 'Hamabo'

Hibiscus syriacus June-1 by Alvesgaspar (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Hibiscus 'Hamabo' Overview

Hibiscus syriacus 'Hamabo' is a deciduous shrub cultivar with an upright growth habit, it produces lobed foliage coloured dark green. In late summer to autumn, showy pink flowers with red basal petal markings in the centre appear that are attractive to pollinators. Commonly known by the names Rose Of Sharon 'Hamabo', Shrubby Mallow 'Hamabo' and Tree Hollyhock 'Hamabo', this lovely cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It likes a sheltered position in full sun and moist, well-drained soil that is on the alkaline - rather than acid - side of neutral. Hibiscus syriacus 'Lady Stanley' is suited to most flower borders and garden styles and it is often seen in cottage and coastal gardens. It is also suitable for large patio containers (but do not allow to dry out). Low maintenance, it requires little or no pruning and is hardy.

Common problems with Hibiscus 'Hamabo'

How to propagate Hibiscus 'Hamabo'


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Special features of Hibiscus 'Hamabo'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Pot plant

Other uses of Hibiscus 'Hamabo'

This ornamental flowering shrub suits being included in planting schemes for Urban courtyard spaces, informal cottage gardens, coastal gardens, and placed in wallside borders, mixed flower borders, pots and containers or grown as hedging and screens.