Dwarf Firebush
Hamelia macrantha

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Hamelia (ham-EE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: macrantha (ma-KRAN-tha) (Info)
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Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Deltona, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Miami, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Venice, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Oct 17, 2011, Kaskazi from Homestead, FL wrote:

This plant is misidentified. It's Hamelia patens var. glabra (not Hamelia macrantha). It is native to southern Mexico south into northern South America and is not dwarf at all. At maturity it will reach 10' or more. True Hamelia macrantha is not cultivated in the United States, and has much larger solid yellow flowers.

Positive

On Oct 1, 2006, Gina_Rose from Hollywood, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Bought this from Lowe's or HD this summer; it differs in that it has glossier leaves, and new growth has a very glossy and kind of curly or wrinkled look to it. I put it in a little tight-fit area (like 4' x 4') and it hasn't outgrown it in the many months since it was planted, as opposed to the other firebush, which grows a foot or more and needs to be cut back at least monthly so I can walk by it, and under it! :)
The dwarf so far doesn't have the reddish tint to it's leaves.