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Hibiscus 'Fireball' has some common insect problems:
Japanese Beetle

Hibiscus 'Fireball'

Description

What has showy, ten-inch red flowers from June through August? It’s the ‘Fireball’ hardy hibiscus! It has dazzled gardeners since its introduction in 2001. An attractive, tropical-looking perennial shrub, ‘Fireball’ reaches a mature height of 4 feet. Special to this plant is its ability to thrive in heat and humidity. Grow this tough perennial in full sun with evenly moist soil. In addition to its heat tolerance, this perennial hibiscus is cold hardy from Zone 5 to Zone 9. In other words, ‘Fireball’ can be grown anywhere in North Carolina.

‘Fireball’s’ combination of impressive red flowers and attractive, deeply cut green foliage with distinctive purple colored veins gives this plant charm for any sunny garden. Keep the soil from drying out and you’ll soon learn why this plant is a true showstopper!

Wildlife Value:   Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformisIt is also resistant to deer damage. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fireball
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#tropical#butterflies#deciduous#heat tolerant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#show stopper#specialized bees#borders#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fireball
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#tropical#butterflies#deciduous#heat tolerant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#show stopper#specialized bees#borders#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hibiscus
    Species:
    ‘Fireball’ PPAF
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Clear red with delicate petals
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Deeply cut, three-lobed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Drought
    Humidity