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Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a flowering shrub that evokes an image of a vivid tropical paradise.

Hibiscus flowers can be many colors, come in single or double forms, and often last for just a day. Individual flowers may be short-lived, but the plant will produce blooms over a long flowering season—nearly year-round in South Florida!

Hibiscus range in size from low, spreading shrubs to upright tree forms that can reach twenty feet in height. Some are compact and dense, while others are open and thin.

Hibiscus are used in the landscape as informal hedges or screens, foundation plants, specimens, or background for other plants.

In the South, they'll stay green throughout the year, while in North Florida hibiscus will freeze to the ground, but usually return from the roots.

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