Common name: Japanese Lantern, Coral Hibiscus
Botanic name: Hibiscus Schizopetalus
This evergreen shrub from tropical East Africa is unequalled for its upright form and deeply dissected, pendulous pink blooms. Hibiscus schizopetalus is a shrub that will reach about 6 to 8 feet with a spread of 5 to 6 feet. It is a very fast grower and needs to be pruned often. Pruning also helps to keep a abundance of flowers, since flowers are formed on new wood.
Blooms sporadically all year long. Flowers are delicate, pendent on slender pedicels. Petals are 2-1/2 inches long, recurved and deeply lobed. The red or pink flowers are very distinctive in their frilly, finely divided petals.
Hibiscus schizopetalus needs part shade and warm temperatures. It likes hot overhead sun to warm low sun. It has average water needs so water regularly but do not overwater.
Hibiscus schizopetalus is propagated by cuttings of half-ripe wood or by layers. Cuttings are slow to root and should be treated with a rooting hormone.
This planting is in the Courtyard garden .
Latest Milestone Blooming
First bloom after being cut almost back to the ground.It's Back!
Severe cut-back in preparation for pergola repair
Post-Yasi clean-up. Neighbour’s tall Tabebuia fell over the fence and crushed most of the arching branches that were hanging over the drive