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Summerific® 'Cranberry Crush' Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid

  • 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
4' 5'
4' - 5'
  • Details


    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
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    48 Inches
    48 - 60 Inches
    48 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Light Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    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: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Poor Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Border Plant
    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
  • 16 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Very disappointed in the color of the blooms. The plant quality is good and growing well. The blooms are a very deep red. Not the color as shown on screen. I checked the labels on the plants after bloom in case I was delivered the wrong color. I am sorry I ordered this color, it is not at all what I was expecting.

      Karen Green
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 14 weeks ago
    • Beautiful plant. But it is not deer resistant. Deer devoured the leaves 2 days after I planted it. I had to fence it off.

      Charles Astor
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • This is a magnificent specimen plant! I did put up some support stakes, with strong fishing line to help the branches not get weighted down with the blooms. We had a mild winter, and it had no problems growing this spring. It has fared through some summer heat, with a couple of days of 100's (one even a record setting 111 degrees), and I keep it watered well with a drip system.

      Jeannine Ross
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • My first Hibiscus! I just got this 2 weeks ago showing no buds, planted in large pots and I already have a plate size bloom (July 1) with lots of other buds forming. Sun is good for this one. Love it, can't wait to get a full bush by pinching the stems next spring!

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Stunningly beautiful in Zone 6. I planted it last spring and it sported numerous blooms by summer. It dies back to the ground in winter and should be pruned back (I left about 6”), but it re-sprouted promptly and is getting even bigger this year. A ton of flower buds have already appeared by late June and I look forward to another beautiful show this summer.

      R. R.
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • 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
      , 7 years ago
    • I LOVED it!! The limbs stayed strong in the wind!

      Kelly Geoghegan
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 8 years ago
    • 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.

      , Quebec
      , Canada
      , 9 years ago
    • 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.

      , Quebec
      , Canada
      , 9 years ago
    • 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
      , 10 years ago
  • 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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