Hibiscus | Also known as: Rose of Sharon | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

If the Hibiscus was a person, it would spend hours doing its makeup and worrying that its' shoes didn't match its' handbag.

There are hundreds of species in the hibiscus genus. They're known for their bright showy funnel shaped flowers and are native to warmer, tropical climates. Hibiscus come in many sizes, from small plants to shrubs and trees. They have oval leaves that usually have a toothed edge. The flowers come in all sorts of colours, including red, yellow, pink white and orange and purple and are between 4cm and 18cm in diameter. With some species, the colour of the flowers changes with age. Hibiscus flowers are often used to make a tea and they can also be candied to create an attractive garnish for dishes.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 15
Spread [m]
  • 3
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Dense
  • Upright
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-11
Heat zone
  • H8-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years