Leaves totally different after cut back.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

I have a Hibiscus question--more re the leaves of the Hibiscus..

Last year--I bought a beautiful Hibiscus. It bloomed and bloomed...
It was spectacular!
When I bought it--it had these puckered, thick leaves. These, in my opinion,
have the prettiest blooms.
I work at a Home depot and we have had a lot of these same Hibiscus this year too--
with the thick, puckered leaves and beautiful blooms.

My Hibiscus spent the winter in my cool, dark shop in a semi-dormant state.
It kept a lot of leaves on it--I watered it, sparingly, now and then.
Some of the leaves turned yellow now and then and fell off.
No biggie. At least I knew it was alive.

Come spring--I took it outside and had the time to do a good pruning back to 12" or so..
It is re-growing pretty good-see Pic. #3--but the leaves are different!!!
They are NOT the leathery/puckered leaves the Hibiscus had when I bought it.
They are smooth and, sort of, maple shaped.

WHY are the leaves different? Why did they change? They look totally different!
Someone suggester grafting---I see NO signs of it being grafted.
I wonder if it would have been the same IF I had not cut it back?

It will be a while until I see any blooms. It is not showing any buds yet---seems long way off.
Wonder if they will be the same as last year's or will they be different as well???

Thanks for any advice or comments, Gita

1 &2--The plant as it looked last summer--leaves and blooms.

3 & 4--The way the leaves look now--as they are re-growing.
It is like it is a totally different plant!!!.

5--The way it looked when I cut it back in May. Nothing weird about it....

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

OOPs! What happened to the pictures?? Here-I will re-post them.

1 &2--The plant as it looked last summer--leaves and blooms.

3 & 4--The way the leaves look now--as they are re-growing.
It is like it is a totally different plant!!!.

5--The way it looked when I cut it back in May. Nothing weird about it...



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Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

It has been 3 weeks since I posted my question above.

I would like to hear from some of you what you think on these
different leaves on my Hibiscus. See pictures above,

Thanks--Gita

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

That is odd and you say you don't see any sign of grafting. HHhmm...
You're right, different cultivars can have different leaves. I guess what until it blooms and see what they look like.
Barb

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

Barb--

So far--it is still just growing leaves. It is a lot fuller now...
I am also waiting to see if there will be any blooms. So far--nothing.

I have NO idea what all this is about! Gita

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Eustis, FL

Quote from Gitagal :
Barb--

So far--it is still just growing leaves. It is a lot fuller now...
I am also waiting to see if there will be any blooms. So far--nothing.

I have NO idea what all this is about! Gita


Hi, did this ever bloom? That's freaky that it changed leaves so drastically, almost as if the stress unlocked some dormant gene from an ancestor. Hey chickens change sex when stressed, so it's not unheard of right? really interested to see what happened with this. Did you try any seeds from it?

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

I want to see the blooms too! I hope it's going to recover and produce a lot of blooms.
My hibiscus are still blooming even with all the heat we've been experiencing.
Barb

Tipp City, OH(Zone 5b)

Do you know the name of your hibiscus? I think that since they do graft hibiscus and there are several different techniques, your plant must be grafted and you cut it back below the graft. Sure is puzzling. I know my old fashioned hardy hibiscus can have different shaped leaves on the same plant but your difference is night and day. Maybe this winter, you could find a south window to keep it near and not cut it back so drastically. Just my opinion. I know letting them go dormant is recommended, but I had blooms all winter from mine in a 2nd floor south window. Good luck with it. I hope it blooms for you and if not, well those leaves are attractive.

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Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

In the OP she said that she didn't see any signs of grafting. I agree, that would be the most likely reason. Especially since it wasn't a garden variety, but a fancy one.
I wonder if it ever bloomed.
Barb

Eustis, FL

I haven't had leaves change but I had a presidential white that threw out some pink blooms after being transplanted. I was really surprised at that.

Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL(Zone 9b)

That's very interesting! I bought the same one 2 years ago (here in Florida) at Home Depot. We had a slight frost one year, which took the leaves, but the plant remained healthy. As the leaves grew back in, they also changed to what you are showing!

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