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PlantFiles: Variegated Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Snow Queen'

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

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23 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel 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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive katkar On Dec 11, 2014, katkar from San Clemente, CA wrote:

The summer of 2014 was the third year for my 4 plants. I found the plants originally in Maui at a botanical garden. Returning to the mainland, I was very happy to find the plants locally in Southern California.

They are stunningly beautiful, neighbors comment on them. Easy to care for and evergreen. My plants have a lot of sun so the leaves are beautifully variegated.
I fertilize them about 3 to 4 times a year with Bayer systemic fertilizer which also contains a pesticide. This keeps the plants from hosting white fly. Along with that I will occasionally spray Miracle Grow on the foliage.

They have reached a height of 9 feet and constantly have red flowers. Actually my plants appear in better condition than those I saw in Maui, unexpectedly!

My neighbor who is a ukelele player noticed the perfect size of the flowers for a lady to place in her hair, as done for hula or Hawaiian style. They are not the jumbo huge size of flowers.

Blooms only last a day or maybe two, which is normal for Hibiscus. The plants will shed some leaves and of course the spent blooms, so plan to have some area around the base of your plants for this.

Neutral myrtle1 On Jan 11, 2011, myrtle1 from Cypress, CA wrote:

I bought several 18" tall plants from a private vendor at a farmer's market because of their beautiful foliage. He said he had raised them in dappled to full shade. They have not grown in several months in a north-eastern exposure in front of my garage.
I now read on DG that they require full sun. Has anyone had luck planting them in paratial shade? Or is full sun the only solution to keep the fabulous foliage and to get blossoms?
Thanks for any input. I'm willing to move them if that's the only solution.

Positive joan30157 On Nov 5, 2010, joan30157 from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this hibiscus each leaf is completely different, I have found it very easy to root this plant with fresh green wood in water. They actually root in just a couple of weeks and the growth rate of this plant is fast. They will loose their varigation in to much shade.

Positive incognitopoint On Jun 12, 2010, incognitopoint from Ocklawaha, FL wrote:

I got this plant from a cutting off my mom's plant, we actually were able to get 3 good plants off her rootbound plant, i seperated it,and all 3 grew well, this is my second year and it blooms longer and better this year, i also found it loves Miracle Gro
it really is easy and beautiful

Positive redbarb39 On Mar 31, 2006, redbarb39 from Humble, TX wrote:

I paid about $10 for this plant at Lowe's or Home Depot in Humble, Texas (just northeast of Houston) a couple of years ago. There were only a couple of blooms on it, but I bought it for the beautiful foliage. I thought any blooms would just be an added bonus. I planted it in a sunny spot in my front yard where the soil is mostly clay and sand, and it grows very well there. It has never produced many blooms, and the flowers each only last a couple of days, but it is still a beautiful plant and I highly recommend it.

We have left it in the ground, cut it back and covered it the past two winters and it has survived our winters here. There has been a little frost bite, but the plant has grown to between 5' and 6' tall and wide each summer and we have to cut it back to about 3' tall and wide in the winter to get the tarp to fit over it.

Positive htop On Jun 11, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

'Snow Queen' Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is one of my very most favorite plants. The leaves change color depending upon the age of the leaf, the light intensity and amount and the temperature. It is like having several different plants in the same spot because the foliage is an everchanging canvas of color as the year goes by. Because it is right by the entryway to my house, I stop and admire it all of the time.

The first year I had it in the ground, it produced very few blooms and they were quite small. The second year, the blooms were more numerous and much larger and it grew into a much larger plant. I think this was because it was more established as well as it received more direct sunlight because I had my oak tree trimmed back. I took stem cuttings fromwhich to propagate it. They did not root as successfully as the stem cuttings from my other hibiscus plants for some reason. I only had 2 out a lot of cuttings root well. I will try again. This is a fabulous plant.

Positive BUFFY690 On Sep 26, 2003, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I planted this particular hibiscus around the forth of July it produced lots of flowers right from the start. I picked this plant because it was varigated and I have noticed that the more sun it recieved the pinker around the edges of the leaves. Neat huh? I am going to bring it in for the winter because it has done so well I don't see any since ti just let it freeze. I have been told just to mulch it in good and it will live but I am not going to take a chance. It has tripled in size in 2 months with regular weekly fertilizing with regular old 10-10-10. Next year I might try something differentand see how it works.

I took the plant out of the ground and it has been on my pation for about a month and a half the darn thing has new life there are about 12 new buds and it is huge. It will have to be put somewhere to be appreciated next spring when I set it back out in the yard. I will have to get a pic.

Neutral Monocromatico On Aug 30, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Ive noticed that many transplanted plants are developing green-only leaves. Then Ive read that rich fertilized soils can make the plant to change colors, which wouldnt be quite interesting for this variety.


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

, (2 reports)
Dothan, Alabama
Fairhope, Alabama
Leeds, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
San Clemente, California
San Jose, California
Bartow, Florida (2 reports)
Boca Raton, Florida
Boynton Beach, Florida
Bradenton Beach, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida (2 reports)
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Naples, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Ocklawaha, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Pukalani, Hawaii
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana (2 reports)
Natchez, Mississippi
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Colmesneil, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Humble, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Roanoke, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Yakima, Washington

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