'Aphrodite’ is a triploid cultivar developed by the National Arboretum in the 1970s and released to commerce in 1988. It is more compact than the species, typically growing 6-8’ tall. It features ruffled, thick-petaled, clear pink single 4 Inch flowers with a dark red eye. Hibiscus syriacus, commonly called rose of sharon or shrub althea, is a vigorous, upright, vase-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub. It may be trained as a small tree or espalier. Showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled flowers appear over a long, early-summer to fall bloom period. Each flower has a prominent and showy center staminal column.