The Path Hibiscus
The Path Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'The Path'Item #4159 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
This handsome shrub displays stunning seven-inch wide flowers with buttercup yellow petals that blend into a bright pink center. Large, lush, heavy textured, dark green leaves add to its usefulness as a screen or background plant. A frost-tender evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hi-BIS-kus ro-ZA-si-nen-sisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Summer; nearly year-round in mild climates.Flower color:YellowGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasThis unique, double-ruffled golden Hibiscus is beautiful as a foundation planting along buildings and fence lines. It can be accented with hot-colored flowers and vines for a festive composition. Makes a solid hedge or plant as a specimen at entries and gateways. Most charming when trained into a patio tree and planted in large pots stuffed with annual color.Companion PlantsPrincess Flower (Tibouchina); Lantana (Lantana); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Plumbago (Plumbago)
- CareCare InformationThrives in well-drained, enriched soils with neutral to slightly acidic pH. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus Hibiscus contains over 200 species from around the world. It was named from the Latin for rose of China, pointing to its place of origin in southeast Asia where plants were found in the literature as early as 295 BC. All early descriptions indicate the first plants bore red flowers, with the other colors the result of breeding. It was introduced into Europe in 1731Lore:It was French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin who so often depicted this flower in Tahitian scenes.