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Hamabo Hibiscus Hibiscus hamabo

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hy-BIS-kus ham-AY-boh
Description

Hamabo Hibiscus is an evergreen small tree or large shrub native to Asia in the marshmallow family.   It has showy pale yellow flowers that last from mid-spring through the first frost.  It is more cold tolerant than other hibiscus, like Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and are drought tolerant once established.  Prune to maintain a dense habit.    

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hibiscus
    Species:
    hamabo
    Family:
    Malvaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Korea, Japan
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12a, 12b, 13b, 13a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Schizocarp
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Brown, non-ornamental 1/2" capsule or schizocarp
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large (2"-4") solitary pale yellow trumpet shaped flowers with overlapping petals, red center, occasionally found in axillary clusters or cymes. Appear from late spring to mid-fall. As blooms age they tend to turn orange.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dusty green ovate simple alternate leaves with sparsely lobed margins 1 1/2" -3" long pubescent, cordate base, and acute tips. Petioles are 1/2"-1" long pubesent, stiff.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Fissured
    Bark Description:
    Gray-brown bark with vertical fissures
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Salt