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Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Erin Rachel
Additional cultivar information:(aka Erin Rachael, Bahama Bay Tropical Hibiscus series)
Hybridized by Schlueter
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Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-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)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Regional

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

Indio, California

Laguna Niguel, California

San Bernardino, California

San Jose, California (2 reports)

San Leandro, California

Port Charlotte, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Rockport, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 20, 2015, floreseta from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:

This hibiscus which I've been nurturing for over 4 years was growing quite slowly at first. I planted it outside a couple of years ago next to the house where it can get plenty of sun, with a bit of shade from the roof. It was just growing up, and not out to start with, and only had one branch. I cut it back, saving the branch for a cutting.

It has brushed out very nicely, with several branches it's about 18 inches wide and high. It is covered with buds and flowers. I love the bright flowers which last two days. I recently planted the cutting outside too. It flowered a couple of times, but like it's mum, has only one branch,.so I'll cut it back too. I plan to have a few planted next to each other. I've had several compliments from neighbours.

Positive

On Jan 1, 2008, Beach_Barbie from Kure Beach, NC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a great plant. Very reliable bloomer, well-shaped plant and not that fussy about location.
I highly recommend this cultivar for those just getting into tropical hibiscus.

Positive

On Jan 13, 2006, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is another coop liner I bought last March.
I love this plant. Not only are the blooms a knock-out color combo, the plant really sets a high bud count. It forms a nice bushy plant with attractive glossy foliage.
The blooms are only about 5 inches across, but often there are several open the same day (even on my 9 month old zone 6 shade-grown specimen).
Highly recommend this one.