Red-Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow 'Maple Sugar'

Hibiscus acetosella

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: acetosella (a-kee-TOE-sell-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Maple Sugar
Additional cultivar information:(PP16286)
Hybridized by Mostul
Registered or introduced: 2004
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:




Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Bradenton, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Deland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

North Port, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Jefferson City, Missouri

Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Enid, Oklahoma

North Augusta, South Carolina

Amarillo, Texas

Belton, Texas

Castroville, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Pearland, Texas (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 22, 2013, eclecticgarden from North Port, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have had much success with this plant, it seems to be in bloom most of the year. It is gorgeous and anyone who sees it wants it. Sugar Maple hibiscus needs no care other than a good pruning to keep the height down and make it more compact.


On Oct 23, 2007, Erla from Independence, OR wrote:

I was in So. California and saw, fell in love with, and purchased the Maple Sugar Hibiscus. I am confused about the hardiness of this plant. The Armstrong Nursery where I purchased it said they have difficulty keeping it alive down to 40 or 45 degrees. I have read other websites that call it an annual except in Zone 9 and warmer. Now on this site it says it is hardy to Zone 8 which would allow me to plant it outside here in Oregon. But, I'm a little hesitant to do so. Any comments?