The Q&A Archives: What New Hibiscus Species Are Avilable

Question: What new species of hibiscus are available and what are their characteristics. Area of planting-lower Sonoran desert.
Also looking for new bougainvillea species and their characteristics-also low desert.
Thank you.
Ruth Watling

Answer: There are over 40 new hibiscus cultivars - here's a partial list:
American Sweetheart; Masses of small 5" red & white flowers on medium bush. Energy Burst; Bold 8-9" red bloom with striking gold rays. Orange Trifle; 5-6" orange flowers with yellow spots, huge white eye, medium bush. Fantasy Charmer; Huge pink and white single, 8-10". Good steady bloomer. Fabulous; Fabulous 8" magenta spotted with white flowers, vigorous bush. Flesh and Blood; 5" unusual "flesh" colored flower, metallic eye, strong bush. Muy Bonita; Very pretty 8" purple and hot cerise blooms, solid, upright bush. Plum Crazy' 7-8" frosted plum colored blooms with silver white eye and rays. Buttercup; Butter yellow 7" flower, vigours attractive bush, easy to grow. Haute Couture; Unique yellow, orange, brown, purple & red 6" bloom, sturdy bush.

Bougainvillea Orange Ice is one of the most outstanding new cultivars. This one has variegated leaves. Pinky white bougainvillea Double Imperial Delight is also new this season.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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