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Tropical Hibiscus 'American Beauty'

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: American Beauty
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms all year





Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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

Hutto, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 12, 2004, Rosetietje from Paramaribo
Suriname wrote:

I live in Suriname (also: Surinam) (South America) where the climate is sub-tropical. This flower is called "anga lampu" in our lingua franca (= Sranan). "anga" means "hanging" in English and "lampu" means "lamp". The name is therefore given for the fact that the flower is hanging like a "hanging lantern".
It is grown around the city (Paramaribo) as hedges which are neatly trimmed every week or so. These hedges are quite dense and need very little watering. The plant blooms all year, the more sun and heat it is exposed to, the more it blooms.
Only the "red/orange" bloom color is known in Suriname.

Propagation methods:
1. Cut off a piece and place into the ground to start a new plant
2. Most effective way: Cut off a piece, place in water until it h... read more