roses of sharon

Please help my roses of sharon tree is drooping and the leaves are yellow. The branches are falling to the ground it has hundreds of buds but it looks as though its dying what can I do?

Flowerless Mary


I too am having trouble with my rose of sharon tree. I live in Chicago area and planted the tree a year ago last June (June 2003). First year, some animal damaged the trunk by chewing it pretty good. The tree had tons of blooms but they started to open late August and then just fell off. I have never had not even one flower on my tree yet!

Now, the tree is chock full of buds and I am anxiously awaiting them to open. Its almost a tease, some are so close to opening and others are shut tight. My leaves are green and the tree looks healthy. Other rose of sharons in my area are completely bloomed and have been for about 3 weeks. Mine is planted in the front of my house near the lawn (which was also new last year). It gets watered regularly with the automatic lawn sprinklers about 3 times a week.

I have a sinking feeling its not going to bloom again....its late August here and September cool nights will be upon us soon. Any suggestions as to what I can do next year to encourage blooming buds would be appreciated. Also, with the damaged trunk, will that repair itself over time? The damage is at ground level and my green thumb neighbor put something on it to protect it from further damage. Other than that the tree looks beautiful and healthy, full of buds, but, alas, no flowers :cry:

Good luck to you and your rose of sharon. Hope you don't mind me putting my question on your post but I thought maybe the helpful gardeners in here could help us both! Have a great day!

The Helpful Gardener
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Drooping yellow leaves sounds like water issues; either too much or too little (funny that either/or ends up looking alike...) The drooping branches make me think too much water, but it could be otherwise; you have a better idea on that end than I do...

As noted on other threads, too much fertilizer (nitrogen) will cause lots of green growth, but result in bud drop. The fact that you are letting the lawn sprinklers water means your probably letting the lawn fertilizer fertilize, and that's not going to work too well. As for the trunk damage, if it's not completely girdled, it should come back...

Check out this similar thread; Newt came up with some great links...



Flowerless Mary

scott, thanks for your reply. have a great day!


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