Plants of the Week for July 13th
These two summer blooming "trees" love the sun and stay less than 12 feet tall, making them work were a tree look is needed without the size of a tree. I say "trees" because they are really shrubs trained into trees.
The first "tree" is the Phantom Hydrangea a vigorous growing tree that blooms heavy white cone shape flowers. It grows to 8 to 10 feet tall and wide. Phantom enjoys full sun to partial shade. Cold hardy to negative 30 degrees F, so it will weather our winters with no issue. Starts flowering in late June and July, then the flowers dry to a blush pink for a lasting effect.
The second "tree" or shrub is the Tahiti Rose of Sharon has a semi double lavender flower. I have a tree form in my yard since 2015 and it handled the hard winter very well. Rose of Sharons prefer heat, so plan to plant this in at least 6 hours of sunlight. You will enjoy the flowers from July to September. Reaches 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide.