Answer to the Front Page "Picture of the Week" Question for July 17th - July 24th, 2003
This is 'Aphrodite' rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite'.
It is an Arboretum introduction that was developed for a long season of bloom with little seed production.
(Check out the Fact Sheet here). Rose-of-Sharon is drought and heat tolerant and blooms sporadically
from June through September. You can see this shrub near the Administration Building.