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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Fire-N-Ice'

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

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive skysigner On Jun 8, 2014, skysigner from Bonita Springs, FL wrote:

Indeed, the 3-color variegated foliage is the attraction to "Fire 'n' Ice" hibiscus. And its gracefully arching branches give it an oriental look. Its bright red blooms mostly face downward.

Positive gardenpom On Jul 2, 2009, gardenpom from Melbourne, FL wrote:

This is the plant to grow for wonderfully colored foliage. The flowers are hard to notice due to the vibrant foliage, but are pretty themselves, single red blooms.

Positive cat4gp On Sep 19, 2007, cat4gp from Palm Bay, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flower is small and delicate, but the variagated leaves are what makes it beautiful.


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

Bonita Springs, Florida
Estero, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tampa, Florida

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