- Zone 4-9, Color- Deep Red, Mature Height 18', Mature Width 8', Garden Status- Beginner
Red Hibiscus - Rosa-Sinensis
Red Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis, is a bright red, beautiful flower that is native to Hawaii. It is considered a tropical hibiscus. When translated from Latin, the name means “rose of China.” The hibiscus is a flowering plant that is originated in East Asia. This particular variation of hibiscus was named in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. Even though it is commonly referred to as a rose, the two are considered to be closely related.
The red color of the red hibiscus is created by changing two sets of chromosomes in comparison with other hibiscus plants. Unfortunately, this chromosome change makes the physical characteristics of its offspring unpredictable, but the mystery keeps people coming back for more.
When properly cared for, the red hibiscus grows more like a bush than any other plant and can easily be trimmed to look like a small tree. As a whole, the plant can grow to between 8 to 16 feet tall. The flowers typically grow as individual blooms and appear as single bursts of bright red color over glossy green leaves. The blooms usually appear in the early summer and last until mid-autumn.
Even though the plant is referred to as a red hibiscus, the flowers appear bright red bloom. The blooms are petaled and range between 5 to 10 inches in diameter, depending on the age of the plant. Each bloom has a series of anthers protruding from the center, which provide the perfect accent to the bright red color. The leaves of the red hibiscus are ovate in shape and dark green in color with a high-gloss shine. The intense color contrast makes the plant visually appealing to a broad audience. The root system of the hibiscus plant is considered to be a taproot branch system. The stem is an attractive, green, branch system.
The red hibiscus draws in nectarivore birds. Hummingbirds in North America frequent areas that are rich in hibiscus plants. It also attracts many endangered species of butterflies.