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Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Albo Lacinatus'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Albo Lacinatus
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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year




Other details:

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

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:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Cape Coral, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Seminole, Florida

Austin, Texas

Conroe, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 20, 2010, jspillers from Melbourne, FL wrote:

I have several of these. They make gorgeous small trees that bloom continually.


On Feb 5, 2010, Beach_Barbie from Kure Beach, NC (Zone 9a) wrote:

I'm giving the neutral rating as I don't have any personal experience with this plant, but have heard wonderful things about it.
This is a very old hibiscus, probably a cross of H. arnottianus and H. schizopetalus, from the late 17 or early 1800's.
Very hardy, prolific blooming plant. Often used as root stock by professional growers.