Tortuga Wind Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Tortuga Wind'
Tortuga Wind Hibiscus flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 15 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 9
Other Names: Tradewinds Tortuga Wind, Tropical Hibiscus
Group/Class: Wind Series
This selection has a rounded upright shape bearing large, bright red to pink blooms; makes an ideal hedge, screen, or background planting; do not allow to dry to wilting point
Tortuga Wind Hibiscus features bold red round flowers at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. It has dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Tortuga Wind Hibiscus is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Tortuga Wind Hibiscus is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Tortuga Wind Hibiscus will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Tortuga Wind Hibiscus makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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