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HIBISCUS rosa-sinensis 'Sylvia Goodman'

Image of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Sylvia Goodman'

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS rosa-sinensis 'Sylvia Goodman'

Plant Common Name

Queen-of-the-tropics., Sylvia Goodman Tropical Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus

General Description

Sylvia Goodman hibiscus is a mini-flowering hibiscus that is known for its ability to grow in a wide range of places in the garden. Its blossoms are relatively small, but with cream colored petals that fade to wide at their bases around the dark red "star" in the center. Its floral tube is long. This evergreen shrub originates from southern China. Everblooming and vigorous, it has glossy green leaves and produces single, disc-shaped flowers. These have conical centers lined with a bottlebrush of yellow anthers and punctuated with five-parted spider-like stigmas, which add an additional flourish of floral drama.

Tropical hibiscus is heat tolerant and prefers mildly acidic to neutral, well-drained soil and full sun. A staple of both tropical and temperate landscapes, this vibrant ornamental can be grown in mixed borders, or large containers that can be moved indoors to overwinter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • 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

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No