SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Many varieties of Chinese hibiscus are available, some are under 10 feet. This tree needs abundant drainage and partial shade in hot, inland areas. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -2 (Low Risk).
Has fragrant Flower.
Additional Common Names
CHINESE HIBISCUS, TROPICAL HIBISCUS
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 8 - 15 feet.
Width: 5 - 10 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Oval, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Peach, Pink, Red, Rose, White or Yellow. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9, 12 - 16 and 19 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Chlorosis, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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