Hardy Hibiscus Tree where can I buy

boxeracres(z5IN)May 13, 2005

I am trying to find a place online to buy a hardy hibiscus tree, I bought one last year but come to find out it was a tropical one and is DEAD(very sad) it was so beautiful too.Any help would be great!! Thanks Amber

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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

The hardy hibiscus (usually H. moschetos) don't grow as "trees". They are more herbacious in that they don't really form a permanent woody "trunk" that resprouts in spring.

The type of hibiscus that forms a tree that is hardy in colder areas is the commonly known "Rose of Sharon" (H. syriacus). So you can look for that if you want something that can keep a "trunk" that will resprout in late spring/early summer and give hibiscus blooms.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2005 at 8:53AM
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I think there's lots of confusion about that "hardy hibiscus" moniker that going around in the plant trade nowdays. It seems that rose of sharons , which are related to tropical hibiscus and in the same "mallow" family were called Athea for many years, but recently are called Hibiscus , so there's much more confusing the "hardy" Rose of Sharons, with the tropical hibiscuses. with some growers confusing the names even more by calling the rose of sharons , hardy hibiscus now. I guess , unless you can pin the growers down to say, what they're actually selling, that problem will remain. Sometimes the whole question of hardiness is even more confused , when sub-tropical growers talk about "hardy" plants, when they by no means mean "cold hardy". Some plants will tollerate windy conditions , hot locations , and some drought and for the sub-tropics , those are hardy traits that don't fall into the same category as "cold hardiness".

    Bookmark   May 19, 2005 at 5:51PM
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I have seen the hardy hibiscus "trained as trees" at Jackson and Perkins

    Bookmark   June 12, 2005 at 8:00PM
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Just bought 24" braided trees for around $8 each at Home Depot central Illinois....hope they don't die this winter!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2005 at 12:07AM
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brian_k(z6 OH)

I have a hardy hibiscus tree about 8 feet tall with dinner plate sized flowers. Last year's growth is quite lignified and I wonder if it would have sprouted from the same place had I not used a hacksaw to cut down the growth last december.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2005 at 11:53PM
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