Deer damage to Rose of Sharon
The deer have nibbled off many of the branches of two Rose of Sharon bushes. Can I trim the branches now to make it look better or should I wait? Some of the branches were eaten almost to the ground and I am afraid that it will look bad as well as take away from branches that will grow.
Late winter before bud break is a good time to prune your Rose of Sharon, Althea (Hibiscus syriacus) . They are moderate growers but will fill in nicely after the severe pruning by deer. Cut out any dead branches and try to even out all the stems so you don’t have an odd shaped shrub. They bloom on the current seasons growth (new growth), therefore should reward you with lots of flowers in late summer.