Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus
Malvaceae or Mallow Family
Tall shrub. Leaves with 3 lobes, coarsely toothed, alternating on the branches. Flowers large and very showy, in a variety of colors, white, pink, red, lavender, usually with deep red inside, resemble hollyhock flowers. Fruits wody capsules. Blooms in summer.
HIghly ornamental and very popular landscaping plant from Asia, occasionally escaping. In Wildwood, rare, at least one individual along the edge of the entrance wetland.
Unmistakeable in flower. Unlikely to be noticed otherwise, but the leaves are fairly distinctive. Common ninebark has somewhat similar leaves, but they are more rounded at the base.