The Red Braided Hibiscus Tree is a sight for the eyes!
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Lush, tropical flowers bloom throughout the spring and summer growing season on this already established hibiscus standard tree. The eye catching Red Hibiscus flower is bright red in color with a yellow stamen where the pollen sits. The trumpet shaped flowers are approximately 3-4 inches in diameter making a dramatic statement.
Contrasting the beautiful, reblooming flower buds is dark green foliage that stays evergreen in warm climates. In cooler climates, it is considered deciduous or semi-evergreen as the green leaves may drop for winter. Commonly called Chinese Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, or botanically named Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis.
The braided tropical hibiscus tree’s lightly fragrant red flowers will attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Use this perennial red hibiscus tree to line sidewalks, create a statement or focal point as a specimen tree, or even plant in containers as a patio accent tree where the small size can be maintained.
Red Braided Hibiscus Tree Care
Plant hibiscus trees across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 8-11. It can tolerate the spring, summer, and fall months in colder zones but it will need to be protected or brought indoors near a sunny window for the winter cold weather. Growing hibiscus indoors is not recommended all year long but a great option if you would like to bring the feel of the tropics indoors. Move the potted plant outdoors when the weather warms up in spring. The cold-hardy hibiscus tree performs best with full sun but can tolerate part shade areas.
The plant can thrive in a wide variety of planting sites but well-draining soil or potting mix that is rich in organic matter is best. A slow-release fertilizer applied at the root ball during early spring will encourage blooming and a thick layer of mulch or peat moss will help to retain moisture. It does require more frequent watering during the summer months and to establish a strong, long-lasting root system. Keep the potting soil moist when watering your hibiscus especially if it’s a potted hibiscus species.
If you experience yellowing leaves on your tropical hibiscus plant, look into the watering habits. Yellow leaves indicate too little or excess water as the perennial plant grows. Too much water can cause root rot and can kill the plant. Make sure to choose a pot with a drainage hole.
How To Prune a Braided Hibiscus Tree
The mature hibiscus tree height up to 6-10 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide as a full-grown tree. It has an upright growth habit and will grow towards the sun. This red hibiscus plant has already been pruned into a small tree from its flowering shrub form. You can perform hibiscus tree pruning to maintain the desired height and size you would like on your flowering plant. Prune and remove any dead branches and shape the side branches accordingly. The best time to prune hibiscus is after the flowering period is finished.
This ornamental flowering tree is low maintenance, heat tolerant, and easy to grow. Plus, it’s deer resistant! The colorful blooms make a perfect tropical planting or cut flowers!
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- Tropical reblooming flowers
- Low maintenance
- Attracts pollinators