Two years ago I planted an 8 plant hedge of Purple Pillar. I planted all in the same manner,, .and did as good a job planting as a gardener with 50+ years experience could do. The plants flourished and had grown to six feet high at the end of last season. I very much enjoyed the blooms and appreciated the very vertical form. Unfortunately, 4 of the 8 shrubs died back completely to the ground during the past winter. They are coming back from the roots now, but it's very disappointing for a shrub that is supposed the be hardy in Zone 5. (I am in Indianapolis, which was reclassified as Zone 6 a few years ago). We did not have a particularly bad winter. So now I have a very varied-height planting and have lost several years of growth. I'm going to continue trying this plant, but I'm not sure I can recommend it at this point.
Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
You've never seen a rose of Sharon like this before!
Purple Pillar® is a totally unique rose of Sharon: it naturally grows as a narrow column instead of a wide, spreading plant. It gets to be just 2-3' (.6-.9 m) wide and 10-16' tall! Think of what you could do with that: screens, hedges, patio containers. Anywhere you need a little privacy and/or color in a narrow space, this plant is a great choice. Like most all hibiscus, it will do best in full sun. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5.
In summer, each stem is packed along its entire length with purple blooms. This unusual columnar habit makes it a real space saver - if you thought you didn't have enough space to grow rose of Sharon, Purple Pillar is perfect for you. Try it in containers, or flanking your front door, or simply as a quirky accent in your landscape.
Awards: Green Thumb award, Direct Gardening Association; Silver medal, Plantarium 2016.Best SellerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingHeat TolerantDrought TolerantAttracts:BeesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:120 - 192 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Summer through FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:LowNeeds Good DrainageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Good for ScreeningUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
The narrow habit of Purple Pillar rose of Sharon means it creates few to no branches, so little to no pruning is required. If you want to prune it, do so in early spring. In areas that experience snow fall, avoid planting it where it might be dumped on by snow falling off of the roof - yours, or your neighbors.Fun Facts:
The flowers on Purple Pillar rose of Sharon are semi-double, which means that they have two or more layers of petals, but that the stamens and pistil are still visible in the center.Purple Pillar® Hibiscus syriacus 'Gandini Santiago' USPP 25,568, Can 6,178
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Tom H, Indiana, United States, 4 min ago
Planted 2years ago in a small sunny space. It must’ve grown 3 feet in one year. It is now 10 feet tall. It bloomed prolifically in late June early July. Beatles attacked it a great deal but it survived. Then a second flush of buds —tons of them — covered the shrub later in the summer but they would not open. I discovered there was an insect laying its larvae in the buds and they all dropped off. I hope that this does not happen this summer. It was beautiful in bloom tall and slender and remarked upon by all the neighbors.William K. Nesbitt, Virginia, United States, 1 year ago
Great anchor for the back of a any garden bed. Color all summer and trouble-free. Perfect for corners and smaller gardens.Kate, South Carolina, United States, 1 year ago
What a great plant. I have one on either side of the steps leading to the deck and also by my front steps. It has bloomed all summer long.Donna, Maryland, United States, 3 years ago
I started a test trial on this one in May of 2016, so far lots of growth and healthy and happy, I am hoping to see flowers next year.Jennifer Winship, British Columbia, Canada, 3 years ago