Chinese hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

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Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
hy-BIS-kus ROE-sah sih-NEN-sis
Genus:  Hibiscus
This rounded, woody, evergreen shrub or small tree has lance-shaped, glossy dark green leaves with toothed margins. It bears 4- to 6-inch blossoms all summer. Solitary, five-petaled flowers 4 inches across range from single to ruffled and double. Colors include yellow, orange, pink, red, and combinations.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This tender hibiscus won't survive freezing temperatures, but it is useful as a showy summer bedding plant or in containers.
Care:  Provide consistently moist, rich soil in full sun. Plant in a protected site.
Propagation:  Divide in spring. Root greenwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Rust, fungal leaf spots, bacterial blight, Verticillium wilt, viruses, and stem and root rots. Whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, mites, Japanese beetles, and caterpillars.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Pink Yarrow,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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