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Tropical Hibiscus 'Sunshower'

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunshower
Additional cultivar information:(Bahama Bay Tropical Hibiscus series, aka Sunshower, Sun Showers)
Hybridized by Schlueter
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:


Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Jose, California

Clearwater, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Topeka, Kansas

Gastonia, North Carolina

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Cibolo, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 26, 2011, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

My rating would be between neutral and negative. For me it's a painfully slow grower and shy bloomer, producing only an occasional bloom in the summer when it's outside and none in the winter. It also seems more prone to whiteflies than some other hibiscus I grow. I only keep it because, admittedly, the occasional flower is spectacular.


On Sep 14, 2006, AuntB from NE, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

Although I found this plant to be a slow to medium grower, the beauty of the bloom makes up for it's slow habit.. Here in zone 5b, it must be wintered over inside.