Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Rainbow Sherbet'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Rainbow Sherbet
Hybridized by Black
Registered or introduced: 2007
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Pink

Red

Orange

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 22, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Note courtesy of Charles Black, hybridizer (Posted with permission, on his behalf)

Rainbow Sherbet is turning out to be one of the best new hibiscus hybrids from the HVH hybridizing program. It blooms with 7-9" single flowers with beautiful form. In cooler weather, the colors are soft, pastel blends of yellow, tangerine, and pink. In hot weather, the colors become hot, vivid rings of yellow, red, and fuschia. The bush is one of our very best! It's full, branches naturally, sports lush foliage, and is very strong and upright. Rainbow Sherbet is shaping up to become one of our most highly recommeneded, "tried and true" hibiscus in the next year or two. Brand new from HVH in 2007.