Tropical Hibiscus 'Enlightenment'

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: Enlightenment
Additional cultivar information:(PP17577, Bahama Bay Tropical Hibiscus series)
Hybridized by Schlueter
Registered or introduced: 2005
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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


Hayward, California

Indio, California

San Bernardino, California

San Diego, California

Alvin, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2016, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Should be like most of the hybrids,H.r.s.,tender to frost. I don't see a plant that is for less then a warm 9b.
Just picked this up the other day...look for updates..

As I suspected- tender to frost. Especially in a pot. It did not start to bloom after winter until September. Yes,September.
It was a record wet and chilly winter. This is best in z10b+


On Feb 11, 2015, realityfaery from Delano, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Have had this one for a little over a year, but its growth had been stunted after having a "playdate" with one of my pups. Amazingly, after getting torn out of its pot and losing some of its main roots, this beauty clung to life. I was able to repot and seen growth a few weeks after. I even got blooms a couple months after the incident. It has grown taller since then, but lost a lot of its leaves during our move to our new home. Even with all of its hardships, it has a handful of leaves and a single bud getting ready to open. Quite a gorgeous sight when it blooms too. Hopefully I can get this one to finally make a bounce back and be as impressive as my other bushes.


On Apr 9, 2013, evdesert from Indio, CA wrote:

This Hibiscus blooms profusely, it is a medium sized shrub that is good for planting in pots for over-wintering. This is the first season I have grown this Hibiscus and I am curious to find out if it will survive in the 115 degree heat we get here in the summers. The blooms are amazing in shades of yellow, pink and dark red.