Hibiscus schizopetalus

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 Hibiscus schizopetalus subsp. var.  Coral Hibiscus, Skeleton Hibiscus, Japanese Lantern, Fringed Hibiscus
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Habit: shrub
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 6 ft to 8 ft
Width: 5 ft to 6 ft
Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Tropical E Africa
Exposure: part-sun
Water: moist
Features: flowers, houseplant
Hidden fields, interally pass variables to right place
Minimum Temp: 60°F288.706 K
15.556 °C
519.67 °R
USDA Zones: 9 to 11
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: red, pink
Malvaceae > Hibiscus schizopetalus var. ,

A weeping tree hibiscus. Grows rapidly and blooms freely. Hanging pink or red/coral colored flowers have 2.5 inch petals that curve up, with many deep lacy lobes, giving a beautiful effect. This fast growing shrub reaches 6-8 feet with a spread of 5-6 feet. Flowers sporadically year-round in greenhouse or in tropics, or during warm season elsewhere.

Can be grown as hanging basket plants and treated as an annual.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Hibiscus schizopetalus, Hook. f. Tall glabrous shrub with slender drooping branches: lvs. ovate-elliptic, toothed: bracteoles minute: fls. pendulous, on long jointed peduncles, red or orange-red, the recurved petals beautifully and deeply cut; calyx tubular; stamens long-exserted: fr. long, bearing smooth seeds. E. Trop. Afr.—A beautiful species, for the warmhouse; grown in the American tropics.

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Grow in part shade and intermediate to warm temperatures. 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite has been a successful potting medium. Do not allow to dry out, keep plant moist at all times. Give a monthly balanced fertilizer at ½ the strength recommended on the label.

Prune often to keep a desired form. Pruning often to give and keep shape, as well as encourage blooms which form on new wood.


Take cuttings of half-ripe wood or newer growth, though half ripe is preferable. Place cuttings in water until roots of 1/4 inch have emerged from the stem. Plant in potting soil until roots are strong and cutting is ready for transplant into garden or larger pot.

Pests and diseases

aphids, whiteflies



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