Red Hibiscus Shrub like most cultivated hibiscus, is grown for its magnificent, showy flowers.
The flowers of H. coccineus are brilliantly red. The flowers appear from midsummer till almost fall. The shrub can be used as part of a herbaceous border, or a hedge or to sprawl over a fence or a wall. The blooms that appear during the spring and summer are beyond beautiful and will be bright shades of red that will become a focal point in your landscape area.
The plant prefers full sun and evenly moist soil that should be amended now and again with compost. Through it can stand some light shade, it will bloom more profusely if it’s in full sun. The plant can also tolerate some air pollution and can be planted close to parking lots. As a hedge, it should be planted about three feet apart.
Zone: 5 to 9
Mature Height: Six to eight feet tall
Mature Width: Three feet
Growth/year: 2 feet per year
Sunlight: Full sun to light shade
Soil conditions: Well-drained, damp or moist
Botanical name: Hibiscus coccineus
The Red Althea is a showy ornamental shrub that has large red flowers. They look stunning in groups in the garden or along borders. Red Althea grows slowly and can reach a height of about 8-10 feet and a width of about 4-6 feet. This shrub does best in full sun and needs moist soil that drains well. It grows in USDA zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
It is also called the Rose of Sharon. They make excellent hedges around the border of your yard.
This plant looks good in a cottage garden and traditional gardens. It can also grow in partial shade and withstands changes in temperatures well. It can be maintained by cutting it back in late winter and early spring.
Rich organic soil and a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch are essential to avoid common problems with pests and disease. The Red Althea attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Red Hibiscus Ships As – Bareroot Plant