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Summerific® 'Cranberry Crush' Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid

(5 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
48" 60"
Height
48"
Spread
48 - 60"

This plant is hardy in zones 4 - 9

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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    Features

    A naturally compact selection that works well in large containers. Large 7-8”, deep scarlet red flowers are produced all over the dense, rounded clump of deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves.

    Award Winner
    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest
    Bog Plant
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    48 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    48 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Flower Shade: 
    Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Light Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Poor Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in landscapes where it provides the wow factor.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant, but is not necessary for continued bloom. It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter. In spring, cut back any remaining stems to 4-6 inches tall before new growth appears. Do not trim back in fall. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back. Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring.  Be patient, even if you think it is dead, it most likely isn't. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.

    Perennial Hibiscus should be cut back to 4-6" from the ground in the spring. Since this plant doesn't leaf out until late, any time in spring before the new growth appears is fine. The stems are quite woody, so a saw or strong pair of loppers is necessary to cut through the thick stems.

    If you want to get really bushy and full Hibiscus plants, when the shoots start to come out of the ground and are about 6-10 inches tall, pinch them in half.  The pinch should be made just above a set of leaves, this will improve branching.  Improved branching will yield more flowers.  If you are really dedicated, you can pinch them back 2 or 3 times before the 4th of July.  Each time you pinch, take no more than half of the stem and pinch just above a set of leaves. 

    You will get fuller plants doing multiple pinches.  It is also perfectly acceptable not to pinch at all.  The plant will have fewer branches, but it will perform perfectly well.

    You will love the short but full, compact habit and scarlet red flowers of this new Hibiscus selection from the Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing program.  It represents a breakthrough in WGI Hibiscus hybridizing and an improvement over older cultivars with its pristine habit and substantial flowering ability over a long bloom period. 

    Since it is an indeterminate bloomer, the flowers are produced at the nodes all up the flowering stems rather than just at the top like some other cultivars.   Near-black buds open to glossy, deep scarlet red, 7-8 inch wide flowers with heavily overlapping petals.  These dramatic blossoms cover the plant from midsummer to early fall.  They are set against a perfect backdrop of glossy deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves with slight purple overtones.

    Summerific® 'Cranberry Crush' Hibiscus hybrid USPP 21,984, Can 4,254
  • 5 Reviews

    • Magnificent ! I love the huge dark red flowers. Altough it needs a winter protection in my area (tried twicw to cultivate it). It's Worth the efforts. Plante magnifique vec d'énormes fleurs rouge foncé. La vedette de ma plate-bande. Malgré un besoin de protection hivernale accru, je l'adore !!!

      Louise Bussières
      Quebec
      Canada
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I LOVED it!! The limbs stayed strong in the wind!

      Kelly Geoghegan
      Illinois
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Absolutely beautiful!! Just bought this year. So looking forward to getting a full summer with these beautiful flowers next summer. Quality seems to be top notch.

      Katy
      Quebec
      Canada
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Absolutely beautiful!! Just bought this year. So looking forward to getting a full summer with these beautiful flowers next summer. Quality seems to be top notch.

      Katy
      Quebec
      Canada
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Totally beautiful when in bloom! I have mine potted on my patio near the pool-a showpiece! Hopefully it will come back this spring for round two. If not, it was well worth the twelve bucks I paid for one season. Only time will tell.

      Gayle McCormack
      7 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
  • 2 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2011 Classic City Award University of Georgia
    2011 Classic City Award University of Georgia
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