How do I save my rose of Sharon?
This spring, many branches died on my rose of Sharon. I cut out the dead branches, but it still needs pruning. How and when do I do this? This plant is 22 years old; I don't want to lose it.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

I'm sorry to say it, but your shrub may be coming to the end of its life span. Rose of Sharon is not a long-lived shrub; having one last this long is an accomplishment. Try cutting it back severely to stimulate new growth, then fertilize in spring with a slow-release fertilizer. Your rose of Sharon may fail to bloom next summer because of the vigorous pruning.

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