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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Hula Girl’ (Tropical Hibiscus)

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Quite showy, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Hula Girl’ (Tropical Hibiscus) is a vigorous evergreen shrub boasting large, brilliant yellow flowers with overlapping petals and a bright red throat. Blooming nearly year-round in mild climates, the blossoms stand out against the dark green foliage. This tropical flower is a flamboyant addition to the landscape or patio containers. The flowers of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis are edible and are used in salads in the Pacific Islands.

  • Typically grows up to 6-8 ft. tall (180-240 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in neutral to slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soils. Tropical Hibiscus are easily grown in full sun in northern climates, but they will prefer partial shade in hot and dry climates. Sandy loam soil is ideal.
  • Indoors: This Tropical Hibiscus requires very bright light to bloom well. A sunny western or southern exposure that has at least 4-5 hours of bright, direct light is best.
  • Provide a site sheltered from strong winds.
  • Water freely during the growing season, sparingly in winter. Never allow the soil to dry out to the point of wilting.
  • Fertilize regularly from spring through fall, but cut back during the winter months.
  • Tropical Hibiscus add an exotic touch to foundation plantings, shrub borders, and can be used as flowering hedges. They make terrific accent or specimen plants and can be grown in containers, bringing color to patios and decks.
  • Hibiscus is not generally a plant that deer or other animals seek out to eat, but if other food sources are scarce, they may come along and make a meal out of your Hibiscus.
  • Tropical Hibiscus is sensitive to changing conditions. Changes in light or temperature during the growing season may result in bud drop.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, and powdery mildew.
  • Pruning improves the shape of your Hibiscus, stimulates vigor and branching (the more branches, the more flowers), while opening up the center to air circulation and sunlight, thereby promoting new flowers.
  • Prune in early spring as cooler weather gives way to warm and new growth buds start to swell. Do not wait for these buds to open.
  • Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer
  • Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is probably native to tropical Asia.

Tropical Hibiscus


One of the most flamboyant flowering shrubs, Tropical Hibiscus add color and excitement to landscapes, patios and decks. Cultivated for centuries, Tropical Hibiscus flourish in sub-tropical climates and adapt well to container-growing in cooler areas.

Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 11
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 Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Common names Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 11
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 Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Common names Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage
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