0-056 The beds of rose-of-sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) surrounding the Korean War Memorial were provided by the people of South Korea. This and the Asian red pine are their national tree symbols. The flower appears in Korean national emblems, and Korea is compared to the flower in the South Korean national anthem. Also known as the Korean rose, the plants were sent from Pusan, South Korea and planted around the memorial in 1996. These small trees, most commonly seen in our area as large shrubs, bloom in the summer and add rich light purple color to the foreground of the monument as seen from any viewpoint along the walkway. They were given to commemorate the US-Korean alliance and honor the lives of the American soldiers who defended it.
39.819354 N, 89.662292 W (North planting bed of five)
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