Red Darling® Hibiscus
Red Darling® Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Hiroshi1'Item #9142 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
One of the best red hibiscus ever! A profuse bloomer, with velvety red flowers that have a creamy-coral reverse, accented by bright gold pollen. Bred by Hiroshi "Hiro" Kuwabara. This vigorous, upright shrub with glossy, deep green foliage makes an ideal hedge, screen, or background specimen. 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, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hi-BIS-kus ro-ZA-si-nen-sisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 - 26Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer; nearly year-round in mild climates.Flower color:RedGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasDon't lose this Hibiscus in far-away plantings. Instead, place it next to patios, entries and in courtyards, where it will be a brilliant focal point. Use along paths for a strikingly colored allee. Its dense and glossy foliage makes a solid hedge or screen. A good cover for bare walls and spaces between windows. Charming when trained into a patio tree and planted in large pots stuffed with annual color.Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Banana (Musa); Cordyline (Cordyline); Canna (Canna); Phormium (Phormium)
- 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Hiroshi "Hiro" Kuwabara began cultivating hibiscus flowers as a hobby. His mission has been to develop a hardier, more vibrant colored hibiscus cultivar within Southern California's climate without the use of a greenhouse. Hiro is known by many in the nursery industry as the co-owner of Yamato Nursery Inc., and provided horticultural advice to the Pacific Palisades (California) community for over 30 years until his retirement in 2004.