University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

The hibiscus is a large, upright evergreen shrub with many branches. It is densely foliated, and reaches a height of seven to twelve feet. The glossy green simple leaves have long reddish petioles, are alternately arranged, and four to eight inches in length. They are ovate with finely serrated margins. The solitary flowers come in many colors. They have five petals, a bell shaped calyx, and a long, conspicuous column of stamens.