SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Many varieties available, some under 10 feet. Needs excellent drainage. Part shade in hot, inland areas.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Eastern Asia.
Additional Common Names
CHINESE HIBISCUS, TROPICAL HIBISCUS
Oval, 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, Glossy 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." 1995-2018. Jul 20, 2018.
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