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Hibiscus schizopetalus

Coral hibiscus

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to November
  • Height1m to 3m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPink, red
  • Leaf ColourMid green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Hibiscus schizopetalus (Coral hibiscus). This is an evergreen shrub which will grow to about 3.5m with rounded, toothed deep green leaves and long-stemmed pendulous red flowers.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

C.S.Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Tip prune young plants to promote bushiness and cut back old plants hard in spring, if required.

Propagation

Seed in spring, shrubs and trees by greenwood cuttings in late spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, perennials by division in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly, scale insects, aphids and mildew may cause problems.

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