A small to medium tree, native to coastal areas of Australia, South East Asia and the South Pacific, this species is very well suited to coastal environments as it tolerates salinity and waterlogging, and can grow in a variety of coastal sands and soils. It is a great plant for many situations, particularly where other plants may not thrive. Perfect as a windbreak, shade plant or screen in coastal areas as it can bear the full brunt of salt and exposure. It can also be grown in poorly draining soils and with bore water. A fast growing tree, it is great for landscaping and can be made into a bonsai. Pruning is necessary to achieve desired size and shape.
Sports handsome dark green foliage and blooms prolifically with bright yellow flowers in summer.
This plant has a variety of uses. The wood is used for boats, as firewood and as carving wood. The plant is popular for bonsai in Taiwan and other Asian countries. The leaves are used for fermenting soy into tempeh in Indonesia, and young shoots are eaten as a vegetable.
|Scientific Name:||Hibiscus tiliaceus|
|Common Name:||Sea Hibiscus|
|Other Common Names:||Cotton Tree, Native Rosella|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||4 ~ 8 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 4 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Bonsai, Erosion control, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Other insects|
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you. Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-