|Species:||Hibiscus syriacus L.|
|Italian common noun:||Altea, Ibisco rustico|
Origin: From China to India
Botanical characteristics: It is an erect branchy deciduous shrub with ovate-rhombois The shape of the leaves can range from ovate-rhomboid to trefoil more or less toothed, dark green. It has beautiful and showy flowers which bloom from June to October. They are large bell-shaped, single or in pairs, at the axil of the leaf. They are dark pink and deep red in the centre.
Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It is rustic and very common in Europe. It prefers fertile, moderately moist soils but it adapts quite well. It has a good resistance to drought and pollution.
Use: It is used as ornamental plant for its summer flowering. It is widely used in gardens as a single plant, in groups or in mixed hedges. It is excellent for formal blooming hedges. Once it was typical in a country house. It is suitable for urban green areas. If it is pruned as a tree it is suitable for tree-lined streets with small spaces to plant them. It is mainly used in areas of summer vacation.
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