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Brilliant Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant'

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Brilliant Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Brilliant Hibiscus flowers

Brilliant Hibiscus flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Brilliant Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Brilliant Hibiscus in bloom

Brilliant Hibiscus in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Tropical Hibiscus, Chinese Hibiscus

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

This selection has an upright habit, bearing large, brilliant red blooms; makes an ideal hedge, screen, or background planting; do not allow to dry to wilting point

Ornamental Features

Brilliant Hibiscus features bold red round flowers with yellow anthers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall. Its glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Brilliant Hibiscus is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Self-Seeding

Brilliant Hibiscus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Brilliant Hibiscus will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Brilliant Hibiscus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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