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Beach Hibiscus
Beach Hibiscus

Beach Hibiscus

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Beach Hibiscus
Scientific Name: Hibiscus Tiliaceus variegata // Talipariti tiliaceum

History/general species info: Also known as Beach Hibiscus, Sea Hibiscus, Cottontree, Mahoe. Found throughout the tropics, often on beaches, saline swamps and disturbed places. Considered one of the most important fiber-plants among the inhabitants of Malaya. The fiber is used to make cords as well as to caulk boats. Cords are made into fishing lines and nets as well as bags.

Characteristics: This evergreen shrub to tall tree is common near the coast in tropical and subtropical locations. Commonly known as Beach Hibiscus is an evergreen shrub or small tree characterized by low and spreading branches, heart-shaped leaves, and bright yellow with red center flowers that become orange then red over time. A fast growing evergreen that gives color year around with tricolor leaves as well as flowers Drought tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping.  Rich soil is not needed at all. 

Native: No

Flower: Flowers are seen starting yellow in the morning and slowly turning orange-red as the day passes, Blooming can be any month with more produced during warm and hot periods.

Planting / Care: Grows well in well-draining sandy, loamy and heavy clay soils. Require little hands-on care if planted in a suitably warm, sunny spot and will thrive with little more than regular watering and monthly fertilizer applications.. Can suffer from minor cosmetic issues due to poor drainage and pests, so they must be inspected periodically to ensure long term health and beauty. Water regularly, year-round. Run water at the base of the shrub rather than spraying from above to prevent bacterial leaf spot and gray mold. Will freeze back in winter but will come back out in spring.

Size and Spacing: Height: 25’   Spread: 10’

Light requirement:. Plant in full sun to partial shade.

Wildlife: pollinators

Links:
Australian Native Hibiscus
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/htiliaceus.php

Wild in Singapore Fact Sheet
http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/plants/coastal/hibiscus/tiliaceus.htm