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Plants of the UNF Campus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis - Chinese hibiscus
Family Malvaceae


About two hundred species of Hibiscus are found around the world. Various species are used for fiber, seed oil, timber, food and medicines. Chinese hibiscus is native to Asia but is cultivated around the world for its large flowers. The foliage is evergreen in warm climates. The original color was red but hundreds of varieties display nearly every color but true blue and purple. Flowers range in size from about four to ten inches across. At least one selection is grown for its variegated foliage. Plants grow from six to fifteen feet in height. 


See this plants at the entry into parking lot 7 and on the southeast corner of building 2.


Shrub that grows from six to fifteen feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part sun

Water: average moisture, somewhat drought tolerant once established

Soil: average garden soil

In north Florida, plants may die to the ground in a cold winter and recover the following spring. Plants have survived winter low temperatures in the high teens F. 

Red Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis flower Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis plant Yellow Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis flower