Hibiscus tiliaceus – Sea Hibiscus

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.

Family:Malvaceae
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
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Summer
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
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
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-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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