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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Enlightenment'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Enlightenment
Additional cultivar information: (PP17577, Bahama Bay Tropical Hibiscus series)
Hybridized by Schlueter; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2005

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive realityfaery On Feb 11, 2015, realityfaery from Delano, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Have had this one for a little over a year, but its growth had been stunted after having a "playdate" with one of my pups. Amazingly, after getting torn out of its pot and losing some of its main roots, this beauty clung to life. I was able to repot and seen growth a few weeks after. I even got blooms a couple months after the incident. It has grown taller since then, but lost a lot of its leaves during our move to our new home. Even with all of its hardships, it has a handful of leaves and a single bud getting ready to open. Quite a gorgeous sight when it blooms too. Hopefully I can get this one to finally make a bounce back and be as impressive as my other bushes.

Positive evdesert On Apr 9, 2013, evdesert from Indio, CA wrote:

This Hibiscus blooms profusely, it is a medium sized shrub that is good for planting in pots for over-wintering. This is the first season I have grown this Hibiscus and I am curious to find out if it will survive in the 115 degree heat we get here in the summers. The blooms are amazing in shades of yellow, pink and dark red.


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

Indio, California
San Bernardino, California
San Diego, California
Alvin, Texas
Houston, Texas

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