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Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese rose)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4.5m
Max height
4.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Other names

Chinese rose, Tropical hibiscus

Genus

Hibiscus Hibiscus

Species

H. rosa sinensis - H. rosa sinensis is a tender shrub with glossy leaves and large rose red blooms and a very conspicuous stamen column.


Hibiscus rosa sinensis is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Erect

Flower

Red in Summer; Red in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Mealybugs , Thrips Aphids , Mealybugs , Thrips

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

To keep mature plants growing vigorously, prune out about 1/3 of the old wood in spring. Pinching out tips of stems in spring and summer increases flower production.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese rose) will reach a height of 4.5m and a spread of 4.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil, that is alkaline to neutral, in a sheltered, sunny position. Water the plants freely during the growing season.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

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Botanical name

Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Other names

Chinese rose, Tropical hibiscus

Genus

Hibiscus Hibiscus

Species

H. rosa sinensis - H. rosa sinensis is a tender shrub with glossy leaves and large rose red blooms and a very conspicuous stamen column.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Erect


Colour

Flower

Red in Summer; Red in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Mealybugs , Thrips

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

To keep mature plants growing vigorously, prune out about 1/3 of the old wood in spring. Pinching out tips of stems in spring and summer increases flower production.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese rose) will reach a height of 4.5m and a spread of 4.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil, that is alkaline to neutral, in a sheltered, sunny position. Water the plants freely during the growing season.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese rose)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese rose)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese rose)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

The UK has a protected zone in place for this pest which helps to mitigate the risk of entry and establishment. An EFSA opinion is currently being discussed at the EU Annexes Working Group which recommends further strengthening of the regulation.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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