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HIBISCUS 'Fireball'

Image of Hibiscus 'Fireball' PP13631

James H. Schutte

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS 'Fireball' PP13631

Plant Common Name

Fireball Hibiscus, Hybrid Hardy Hibiscus

General Description

Hardy and bushy, 'Fireball' is an excellent hibiscus that is the result of extensive hybridization. This upright, semi-woody perennial has deeply lobed green leaves, similar in shape to maple leaves, with purple overtones. This is a long-blooming plant that flowers from midsummer to frost. The exceptional flowers are rich red and plate-sized. Individual flowers last only one day, though several dozen can be on one plant at a time.

This hardy hibiscus needs full to partial sun and rich to average soil for best growth and flowering. It is exceptionally cold hardy, tolerant of heat, moist soil and resistant to most insect pests, except Japanese beetles, which feast on its leaves. Like many herbaceous Hibiscus it is a warm season plant that is slow to emerge in spring, so it is important to warm the soil around it by pulling back any mulch at its crown. Cut the dead and dry branches after frost or by mid-spring so that newly emerging stems are not impeded.

Hibiscus 'Fireball' is ideal for large, sunny borders, the back of beds and accent plantings. It is compared to 'Lord Baltimore' but is far more refined.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, H1, H2, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No