How Best To Train Rose of Sharon as a Standard?
I've purchased a 2 ft. high 'Blushing Bride' Rose of Sharon and would like to train it as a standard.
It has two 3/4-inch diameter main "trunks" coming out at soil level. One trunk is growing straighter up than the other and has 5 large branches; the other trunk has 4 large branches.
Is it too late to shape as a single-trunked standard?
How high can I remove leaves from the branches without hurting it? Should I let it establish after planting before messing with it? How Long? Do ROS standards have trouble in wind; I mean, would the trunk likely snap?
By the way, it has variagated white & green foliage which makes me wonder if it is a 'Blushing Bride'? Maybe it's 'Miss Julene'?
Thanks to all in advance for any info!!!