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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'El Capitolio sport'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: El Capitolio sport

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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 repeatedly


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:

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

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive munteus On Apr 13, 2014, munteus from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

mother"El Capitolio" x father"Sport", Bloom size miniature under 12.7 cm,bush size 2-3 m,growth size upright,root stock own roots preferable,hybridiser unknown,grower Ted Rittenmar,listed in Australia and USA in 2002

Positive vossner On Sep 24, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I overwinter in our garage, but of all the hibbies I've ever grown and killed (and there's been MANY), this one is the hardiest. Perhaps, only slightly less hardy than the common red. Highly recommend this one, if you can find it.

Neutral Darmananda On Jun 18, 2010, Darmananda from New Iberia, LA wrote:

Just bought this from Wal-Mart after all our tropical hibiscus were killed by a hard freeze (winter 2010). It will stay in a pot this summer. Quite an unusual bloom as you can see in the photos. We'll see how well it tolerates our 100+ summer heat indexes. Zone 9b.

Positive mswestover On Oct 23, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Dies back in the winter but has never failed to return. I do not cut them back when the freeze comes and they look pretty bad until the spring. Then I cut back the stems until I hit where it was not frozen. I have several now, from woody cuttings in the early summer. Blooms continually from early summer until frost. I cover the roots with pine straw in the winter.

Positive Beach_Barbie On Dec 21, 2005, Beach_Barbie from Kure Beach, NC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one happy hibiscus. Easy to grow and blooms often. It's still blooming (albeit less than in the summer) in my greenhouse where the temp is in the 40's at night.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 24, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

'El Capitolio Sport' is even more lovely than the original red flowered plant. It is peach colored with deep rose in the center of the outer petals. A flower within a flower is what comes to mind.

Positive aking1a On Aug 29, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Prolific bloomer. Of the Tropical hibiscus, this one seems to be one of the more hardy plants. I grow it in the garden, but I keep potted backups just in case.


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

Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Clermont, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Navarre, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Belle Rose, Louisiana
Maurepas, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Hampton, South Carolina
College Station, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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