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Lil Kim® Red Rose of Sharon

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9
  • Height 3-4 Feet Tall
  • Spread 3-4 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Full Sun

Is it hot in here or is it Lil’ Kim® Red Rose of Sharon? This saucy little thing turns on the heat in the garden all summer long with deep rosy-red flowers that have a dramatic splash of red in the center. And look at that dwarf size—just 3-4 feet tall and wide. So you can tuck it in anywhere, even a pot! Like all Rose of Sharon shrubs, Lil’ Kim® loves hot weather and tolerates drought once established, so you won’t have to fuss over it when you’d rather be doing something else. In fact, this is about as easy-care as flowering shrubs get! Even the deer will cut you a break on this plant as they tend to forego it.

Lil’ Kim® is a sun worshiper, so site it where it can bask all day for the biggest flower show. It makes a nice anchor plant in a mixed border with sun-loving perennials. Also works great as a low hedge. And because of its small size, it can also be used in a large container. Wherever you plant it the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will enjoy the abundant nectar it provides.

Lil’ Kim Red Rose of Sharon Care

Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day—more sun = more blooms! Any average garden soil will do, so no need to amend or worry if your soil is challenging. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Slide the plant out of the pot and break up the roots a little. Back-fill with the native soil and water well. Keep watered during the first growing season.

Pruning Lil' Kim Red Rose of Sharon is not required, although some gardeners choose to cut back the plant to help rejuvenate it or to help keep its shape. If you do prune, do so in late winter or early spring. This plant blooms on new wood, so do not cut back in the summer. Trim dead and sick branches anytime of the year.

Lil’ Kim Red Rose of Sharon Spacing

Lil’ Kim® is half the size of full-size rose of Sharon shrubs, so it’s easy to find a place for it in the garden. If you are planting it in a perennial border, leave 2-3 feet all around it so it has room to fill in without crowding any other plants. You can fill in with annuals the first year or two if you like a fuller look. When planting in a mass or hedge, space them slightly tighter, 4 feet center-on-center. If you are planting Lil’ Kim® in a container, choose one that is at least 14 inches wide to accommodate the root ball and future growth.

Hibiscus syriacus 'SHIMRR38' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Flower Color(s): Rosy Pink-Red
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Color(s): Dark Green
Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Spacing: 4-5 Feet
Habit: Upright
Blooms On: New Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Hibiscus syriacus 'SHIMRR38' USPP 27,195
Common Name: Lil Kim® Red Rose of Sharon
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - Lil Kim® Red Rose of Sharon Show Reviews

  • 5
    Didn’t get...

    Posted by Customer on May 1st 2021

    It says my order was shipped but not delivered. Can you check to see when it will arrive

  • 5
    tropical flowers

    Posted by Marshamarshamarsha on Feb 17th 2020

    I have this growing next to my lake near my beach. I live in zone 5 so its a great way to have a tropical flowering shrub in my yard that can handle the winter and isn't an annual. I hate annuals. I'll be looking to add more rose of sharon to my yard this spring and summer for sure. very happy customer. they have such a good selection and great information on their plants on this site. plus I love supporting family owned businesses instead of big box stores whenever I can.