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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Hawaiian Sunset'

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

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One member has or wants this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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 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 WalterT On Jun 28, 2004, WalterT from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

You wanna see gorgeous, colorful, etc., hibiscus flowers, check out Hibiscusmania, American Hibiscus Society and Australian Hibiscus Society websites. Their photo albums will knock you out.
WalterT in San Diego.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jun 28, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Not gaudy at all to me....! It resembles a sunset!
There are some of these planted in the parking lots at the Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole Plaza, our mall, in Hilo.

Positive Wingnut On Jun 27, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the most gaudy hibiscus I've ever seen! Good thing I like gaudy flowers. ;) When it blooms, you will DEFINITELY notice it from across the garden. This one has large blooms about 8" across, BRIGHT red center with even BRIGHTER orangey-yellow petals around it.


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

San Diego, California
Bartow, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Brazoria, Texas
Spicewood, Texas

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