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Seashore and Beach Plants

Hibiscus tiliaceus Sea Hibiscus Pucuk laut Malvaceae


Sea Hibiscus, pucuk laut, Hibiscus tiliacea


Hibiscus tiliacea

Sea Hibiscus, pucuk laut, Hibiscus tiliacea
This evergreen, spreading tree from tropical seashores of the Indian and Pacific Oceans grows to a height of about 30 ft (9 m) with a spread almost as great. It has large, heart-shaped, soft green leaves with white undersides and bears scattered clear yellow flowers with large crimson centers that turn orange as they fade.
There are cultivars with purple or variegated leaves.
It flowers for most of the year.
Cultivation: Easy to grow, the shrubby species thrive in sun and slightly acid, well-drained soil.
Trim after flowering to maintain shape.
Propagation is from seed or cuttings or by division, depending on the species.
Watch for aphids, mealybugs and whitefly.