Hibiscus Species

Hibiscus hamabo

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: hamabo
Synonym:Pariti hamabo
Synonym:Talipariti hamabo
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Savannah, Georgia

Coushatta, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Baytown, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 29, 2014, AANGELO from Milano,
Italy wrote:

I sown hamabo in spring 2010, and now the plants are circa1, 70 cm.
I wanted to know after how many years blooms and what time.



On Apr 1, 2010, stevesivek from Seabrook, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

H. hamabo is much more cold hardy than most people realize. Mine is planted at the northern extreme of zone 9a in west Chambers county, TX. With the unusually cold winter of 2009-2010 we had temperatures to rival a zone 8a normal year. Not a single tip on any of the branches of my two trees were damaged. Now that spring has arrived they are beginning to fully leaf out. This hibiscus can successfully and easily be grown into a beautiful tree. Until hurricane Ike took it out I had one tree that was 20' tall with a trunk 10 inches in diameter. The limbs will become long and pendulous but with proper pruning can be trained to grow more upright. Grown in full sun it is a relatively fast grower. The blooms of hamabo tend to face slightly downward. When grown as a tree it makes a spectacular sigh... read more


On May 30, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Planted inground, part shade. Has survived one zone 9a winter w/o virtually no damage. Medium grower, but that may be because planted in semi-shady location.