Hibiscus syriacus Miss Jilene® ('Hillis Variegated')

Miss Jilene® Rose of Sharon, Shrub Althea

Leaf close up

Leaf close up


Patents: PP#07877

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Parent: Hibiscus syriacus

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 8 to 12' tall

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


White margined, variegated leaves, the green having a pewterish tint. Semi-double flowers, pink with a white center. Flower buds are candy strped. Ted Stephens describes it as 'compact-growing'. Hillis Nursery say that is can be grown as a shrub or trimmed to be a small tree.


Discovered as a branch sport at Hillis Nursery Company in Warren County Tennessee. It had distinctive variegated leaves, candy striped buds and a semi-double flower. Patent application filed in 1990 by Harold B. Hillis.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in November 2009 and planted it in the 'Wild Or Wacky' garden. It has grown into a narrow upright shrub, the variegation is consistent, it is not a prolific bloomer but has pretty pink flowers.

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