two shrubs growing together

I have a big azalea about 5' wide, and now a rose-of-sharon is growing right beside it (actually inside of it). It has reached a height of about 5 feet. They are both beautiful, but I know they can't both survive. How can I get the rose of sharon out? I've thought about cutting it with a saw this fall, but I would like to get a start from it so I can continue the plant in another location. How can I save the azalea and get a new start for the rose-of-sharon? Thanks so much for all your help!
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To root cuttings from your rose of sharon (also called shrub Althea and Hibiscus syriacus) take six-inch cuttings in June or July. Remove the leaves from the bottom two inches and dip the stems into a rooting hormone. (You can buy rooting products at the garden center.) Fill four-inch pots with a lightweight potting mix and poke one cutting into each pot, two inches deep. Set the pots in a shady spot outdoors and water them throughout the summer. In the fall, carefully transplant the cuttings into the garden, water them, and cover them completely with straw mulch or fallen leaves during the winter months. (If you have a cold frame, you can just slip the pots into the cold frame for the winter and avoid the transplanting until spring.) By next spring, they should be completely rooted. Rose of sharon tends to be one of the last shrubs to leaf out in spring, so don't be disheartened if they're delayed. Give them a little extra attention next year, watering them if temperatures get hot and dry.


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