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Spotlight on: Tree Form Hibiscus

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Have you seen a gorgeous tree-form/topiary of a hibiscus? They are taking the gorgeous tropical plant to new heights! They aren’t difficult to grow if you have enough sunlight and a little knowledge.

Here’s how you can grow these stunning plants for yourself:

Characteristics:

  • Dimensions: Up to 6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.
  • Growth Habit: Upright form, either single trunk or braided trunks.
  • Foliage: Emerald green leaves that are usually serrated.
  • Blooms: Large brightly colored blooms that come in an array of colors; reds, pinks, yellow, orange, peach etc. Fiesta is a mix of yellow/pink/red that makes you want to…well…fiesta!
  • Hardiness: Tropical in nature therefore you should protect from freeze.

Care Requirements:

  • Light: Place in full direct sun (6 or more hours per day).
  • Water: Water regularly during spring and summer keeping the soil damp.
  • Soil: Well-drained soil with organic material is best. Placed in pots, use potting soil with peat moss in it to retain water longer.
  • Fertilizer: Unlike many blooming plants, Hibiscus require a lower Phosphorous content, so we would recommend using a Hibiscus specific fertilizer. We do have HibisGain to recommend.
  • Pruning: Prune in early spring before new growth begins to emerge, removing old dead wood from the plant.

Uses:

  • Use in combo pots with alternating color (reds with blues and yellows for instance).
  • Use around pool decks for a tropical splash of color.
  • Use in the landscape to add interest and vibrancy.

They are easy to grow and produce brilliant blooms over and over again all spring and summer! Enjoy!