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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'American Beauty'

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


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)
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


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rosetietje 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 has roots before planting.

The funny thing is that locally ALL other varieties of Tropical Hibiscus-plants are called "Matrozen-roos" (Dutch) which is translated in English "Sailor's Rose". However, I do not know why.
One of these varieties is also grown as a "topiari" (sorry if I misspelled this word, my native language is Dutch).
I have to try this out yet with the "anga lampu" and will keep you posted. Meanwhile, enjoy your gardening.
Thank you for given me the opportunity to add some information about this plant.


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

Hutto, Texas

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