Red Hibiscus Bush

Product Description

The Red Hibiscus Bush brings a feel of the tropics and is a showstopper in the landscape!

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Sometimes called Rose of Sharon or Rose Mallow, the tropical Hibiscus plant features bright red hibiscus flowers that will open up throughout the early spring and summer months. The red flower buds are large and up to 2-4 inches in diameter. The bright flower color will attract pollinators like bees and butterflies into your landscape. Hibiscus flowers are beautiful but only last a day or two. Deadheading spent flower blossoms will encourage new plant growth.

Contrasting the red colorful flowers is dark green leaves that are glossy and oval shaped. Being a deciduous plant, the hibiscus red bush will go into dormancy throughout fall and winter. The leaves will drop and the tropical plant will appear dead. Not to worry! As soon as temperatures increase, the leaves will flush out and the hibiscus blooms won’t be far behind.

Plant this Red Hibiscus plant somewhere it can be seen and enjoyed. Throw it in a garden bed with other flowering shrubs, have it planted as a shrub hedge, or keep it in planters for small garden spaces or patio accent plants. The eye catching red blooms will turn heads from neighbors as they put on a literal show!

Red Hardy Hibiscus Care

Wondering how to take care of hibiscus? Growing hibiscus is not hard! Plant your hibiscus in full sun with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Partial sun exposure will stunt flower production. Choose a well draining soil or potting mix that is slightly acidic and rich in nutrients. It takes a lot of nutrients to keep the hibiscus rosa Sinensis blooming so apply a slow release fertilizer per the instructions on the label as frequently as needed. Only fertilize hibiscus during the active growing seasons of spring and summer.

Grow this red hardy hibiscusacross the United States in USDA growing zones 9-11 all year long. In colder climates, keep your tropical hibiscus bush in a container and move indoors to a bright sunny window when temperatures drop for winter. Read more about potted Hibiscus Care in Winter.

The hibiscus bush size is up to 4-5 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide at maturity. This hibiscus variety is fast growing. Water the flowering plant well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system and continuously throughout the growing seasons to encourage reblooms. A thick 2 inch layer of mulch or organic matter applied around the root zone will help to retain moisture. Do not let the roots dry out.

How To Prune a Hibiscus Bush

Perennial Hibiscus bush pruning is not required but should take place annually to shape the shrub to whatever desired size and shape you are going for. Get rid of any dead branches or crossed branches to encourage new growth. Be sure to sterilize your pruning shears with rubbing alcohol.

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For the tree version of this shrub see the Braided Red Hibiscus Tree.

Botanical Name

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 4-5 ft
Mature Width 4-5 ft
Growing Zones 9, 10, 11, All Zones
Special Features
  • Colorful blooms all year long
  • Deer resistant
  • Great for containers

Shipping Info

Once your Red Hibiscus Bush order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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