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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Karen Lee'

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

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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 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:
Rose/Mauve
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

I ordered Karen Lee on the hibiscus coop and received a rooted liner last March. It finally made it's first bloom today!
The plant tends to grow horizontally rather than vertically, so this might be a possible hanging plant. The bloom hung face-down, so if suspended from the ceiling it would have been great. Anyway, I picked it and brought it inside to enjoy and photograph.
The flower petals were very reflexed; somewhat disappointing to me. But it was quite large (8.5" across) and the colors are just as advertised. My picture does not quite capture it, but close.
The leaves on this plant are somewhat small and rounded. The plant is a relatively slow grower.



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