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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant' (Tropical Hibiscus)

Tropical Hibiscus 'Brilliant', Chinese Hibiscus 'Brilliant', 'Brilliant' Hibiscus


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant' (Tropical Hibiscus) is a vigorous, well-branched, evergreen shrub noted for its bold, cardinal-red flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm). The slightly overlapping petals are ruffled and partially reflexed. Adding contrast is a long red floral tube lined with a bottlebrush of yellow anthers and red stigmas. Blooming nearly year-round in frost-free areas, the flowers stand out against the foliage of oval-shaped, mid-green leaves. A flamboyant addition to the landscape with its dazzling abundance of blooms.

  • Typically grows up to 8-10 ft. tall (240-300 cm) with a spread of 4-6 ft. (120-180 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Provide a site sheltered from strong winds. Water freely during the growing season and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Water sparingly in winter.
  • Watch for aphids, mealybugs, scale insects and powdery mildew. Deer resistant.
  • Plant as a specimen, flowering hedge, or in containers.
  • Tropical Hibiscus is sensitive to changing conditions. Changes in light or temperature during the growing season may result in bud drop.
  • Prune out 1/3 of old wood plus cut back stems by 1/2 in early spring to keep the plant healthy and compact.
  • Propagate by seed at 13-18°C (55-64°F) in spring or propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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