Beautiful Variegated Cottonwood (Hibiscus tillaceus variegatus) for Sale - Add a Touch of Seaside Charm to Your Garden
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- Common name:
- Variegated Cottonwood, Sea Hibiscus, Mahoe, Cotton Tree, Beach Hibiscus
- Shrubs, Trees
- Malvaceae Hibiscus or Cotton family
Hibiscus tiliaceus variegata, also known as Variegated Sea Hibiscus or Variegated Hau, is a tropical shrub or small tree native to the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific. It is a cultivar of the species Hibiscus tiliaceus and is valued for its variegated foliage and bright, showy flowers. The leaves are a mix of green, yellow, and white, while the flowers change color from yellow to orange to red throughout the day.
- USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
- Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Well-draining, fertile, and slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)
- Water: Moderate to high; keep the soil consistently moist
- Temperature: Prefers warm, tropical climates (60-85°F, 15-29°C)
- Fertilizer: Balanced, slow-release fertilizer applied during the growing season
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
- Pruning: Prune regularly to maintain the desired shape and promote bushiness. Remove dead or damaged branches and spent flowers.
- Pests and Diseases: Watch for common pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites. Treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if needed. Keep an eye out for fungal diseases and ensure proper air circulation to prevent them.
- Propagation: Propagate through stem cuttings or seeds. For cuttings, choose healthy, semi-hardwood stems and use a rooting hormone to encourage root growth.
- Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Choose a larger container with drainage holes and fresh, well-draining soil.
- Ornamental Value: Its striking variegated foliage and vibrant flowers make it an excellent choice for gardens, patios, or as a houseplant.
- Erosion Control: The extensive root system of Hibiscus tiliaceus variegata helps to prevent soil erosion in coastal areas.
- Ecological Benefits: The flowers attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, while the plant provides shelter for various species of birds and small mammals.
- Cultural Significance: In some regions, Hibiscus tiliaceus is used for traditional medicine, rope making, and woodcarving.
Remember to always follow local guidelines and regulations when planting non-native species to prevent the introduction of invasive plants into your area.