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Tropical Hibiscus, Cajun Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'City Slicker'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: City Slicker
Additional cultivar information:(Cajun Series)
Hybridized by Dupont
Registered or introduced: 2007
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

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)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Ozark, Alabama

Santa Monica, California

Clinton, Connecticut

Palm Coast, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 3, 2013, PlumeriaD from Santa Monica, CA wrote:

I'm responding to the negative review of hibiscus growing in Santa Monica. It is a great plant, but requires some knowledge on location. Plant in full sun and where the plant can get excellent air circulation all around. They cannot be planted on the east or north side of the house! Giant whitefly is only a problem when hibiscus is planted in the wrong place.


On Jan 17, 2012, Hypatia10 from Santa Monica, CA wrote:

I have to say "Negative" because I had so much trouble with whitefly -- nothing seemed to work -- that I finally gave up and removed the plants.

There is another variety of Hibiscus in front of the house that does NOT suffer from whitefly, but I don't know its name.

So I am reluctant to devote space to Hibiscus for fear of whitefly.

I garden in Santa Monica CA less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean.