Hibiscus rosa sinensis
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Family Name: Malvaceae

Habitat: Deep, moderately fertile, well drained, and slightly acidic soil is ideal. Regular pruning is necessary in most cases to shape and control size, and to remove unwanted stems.

Light: Sun or very high, partial shade.

Moisture: Fairly moist.

Description: This large shrub or small tree grows to 15' high in frost-free climates. The toothed leaves are arranged alternately and vary a lot, but tend to be large, dark green, and shiny. This plant has a coarse texture and may be upright or broad and spreading. It is often many-stemmed. Flowers are glorious and huge at their best -- up to 6" in diameter -- and occur in many colors. Most are flared and have a bell shape and may be single or double, smooth or scalloped. They have a long central tube with stamens and pistils at the tip.

Propagation: Cuttings, grafts.

Usage: Use as a foundation plant around houses and buildings in frost-free areas. The hibiscus is underused as a tree form. For a spectacular flowering tree, limb up at the base and allow to grow as it will! In colder areas, the hibiscus makes a wonderful summer plant that can be used as an annual or containerized and greenhoused in wintertime.


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