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PlantFiles: Sea Hibiscus, Majahua
Hibiscus pernambucensis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: pernambucensis (per-nam-boo-KEN-sis) (Info)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Monocromatico On Jul 19, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is another hibiscus tree, often confounded with H. tiliaceous due to yellow flowers. However, H. pernambucensis doesnt have the dark red spot in the center of the flower, and has much more narrowed, smooth leaves.

This is a very tropical (native from South and Central Americas, Mexico and Florida), short tree, commonly reaching 5m tall, might get bigger though. It has heart shaped, smoot leaves, and pale yellow, bright yellow or orange/golden flowers depending on the tree. It grows well on well drained, organic soils, but may tolerate salty and sandy ones.


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

Houston, Texas

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