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Old 09-13-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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All you wonderful gardening folks, I need your assistance please...

We are looking a purchasing a foreclosed home (so we can't ask the original owners). The property has been vacant for over a year. There are several trees that have gotten out of hand with their growth (some as tall as 10-12 ft) and seriously lack maintenance.

The trees have blooms that look like hibiscus blooms. Any ideas what these trees are? I always thought hibiscus trees were small, potted and were brought in the home for winter. We were wondering how far back we could cut these trees to help retrain them. Of course, we are open to having a professional come out to show us what to do...but we wanted to get an idea what type of tree these are so we can research them.
I found an online article from UC-Davis saying that outdoor hibiscus trees are possible, but I would like the locals opinions.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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All you wonderful gardening folks, I need your assistance please...

We are looking a purchasing a foreclosed home (so we can't ask the original owners). The property has been vacant for over a year. There are several trees that have gotten out of hand with their growth (some as tall as 10-12 ft) and seriously lack maintenance.

The trees have blooms that look like hibiscus blooms. Any ideas what these trees are? I always thought hibiscus trees were small, potted and were brought in the home for winter. We were wondering how far back we could cut these trees to help retrain them. Of course, we are open to having a professional come out to show us what to do...but we wanted to get an idea what type of tree these are so we can research them.
I found an online article from UC-Davis saying that outdoor hibiscus trees are possible, but I would like the locals opinions.
I will guess Crape Myrtle which do pretty well here including growing rather quickly. Or possibly a Magnolia variety although they don't really grow as rapidly in my experience. But I'm just guessing.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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I will guess Crape Myrtle which do pretty well here including growing rather quickly. Or possibly a Magnolia variety although they don't really grow as rapidly in my experience. But I'm just guessing.

No, it's neither of the ones you mentioned. I know what a Magnolia tree and a Crape Myrtle tree look like. Seriously, the bloom is exactly like a
hibiscus bloom.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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All you wonderful gardening folks, I need your assistance please...

We are looking a purchasing a foreclosed home (so we can't ask the original owners). The property has been vacant for over a year. There are several trees that have gotten out of hand with their growth (some as tall as 10-12 ft) and seriously lack maintenance.

The trees have blooms that look like hibiscus blooms. Any ideas what these trees are? I always thought hibiscus trees were small, potted and were brought in the home for winter. We were wondering how far back we could cut these trees to help retrain them. Of course, we are open to having a professional come out to show us what to do...but we wanted to get an idea what type of tree these are so we can research them.
I found an online article from UC-Davis saying that outdoor hibiscus trees are possible, but I would like the locals opinions.
My guess would be Rose of Sharon...

does it look like this:

http://labyrinthgarden.files.wordpre...haron-bush.jpg


20yrsinBranson

whoa huge picture. sorry
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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My guess would be Rose of Sharon...

does it look like this:

http://labyrinthgarden.files.wordpre...haron-bush.jpg


20yrsinBranson

whoa huge picture. sorry
YES!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Do you know much about this tree from a personal experience?
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:34 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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YES!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Do you know much about this tree from a personal experience?
No, not much at all. They seem to be very hardy and easy to grow. Apparently handle neglect pretty well. They are quite popular in Missouri and they make beautiful visual barriers. I have some seeds somewhere that I have been meaning to plant. I especially like the ones with lavender colored flowers.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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We would like to cut them back dramatically, but will probably call on a professional to ensure that we don't make a huge mistake (lol)! Looks like they were used as a visual barrier, but we don't like to shrubs to block window views. But if anyone reading this knows if the Rose of Sharon can be significantly cut back (several feet) and survive, please let me know!
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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I can help you with that. I had Rose of Sharon at my house. You can cut them back as far as you want it won't hurt them at all. I always cut mine back drastically in the Fall and they came back nicely in the Spring. You have to keep them trimmed or they will take over.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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We have one as well. The previous owners planted it in front of a window, and now you can't even see out of it. We have pruned it, but not enough. They are very hardy, and do seem to grow pretty quickly. Other than a little bit of pruning and what water it gets from the sprinkler system, we've done nothing to in the 4 years we've lived here. I really like Rose of Sharon, but unfortunately ours is a white one with double ruffled bloom, and it's really ugly. When its in full bloom, it looks like its covered up wadded up kleenex.

Also, there is a variety of hardy hibiscus that can live outside all year long. Not nearly as pretty as a regular tropical hibiscus.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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I can help you with that. I had Rose of Sharon at my house. You can cut them back as far as you want it won't hurt them at all. I always cut mine back drastically in the Fall and they came back nicely in the Spring. You have to keep them trimmed or they will take over.
It appears that these have taken over too since they have been neglected for at least a year if not more. We would want to cut them back to only a few feet tall. Is that about how drastic you cut yours?
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