Hibiscus tiliaceus is a species of flowering tree in the mallow family. It is a large, stout, open-branched shrub that reaches a height of 8-10 feet average, and can grow just as wide if not pruned. The smooth 4-8 inch leaves are heart shaped. The flowers of H. tiliaceus are bright yellow with a deep red center upon opening. Over the course of the day, the flowers deepen to a peach, orange and finally red before they fall. Really amazing. Sea Hibiscus is well adapted to grow in coastal environment in that it tolerates salt and water-logging and can grow in quartz sand, coral sand, marl, limestone and crushed basalt. It grows best in slightly acidic to alkaline soils. Zones 9b -11 or otherwise container.
Hibiscus tiliaceus is widely used in Asian countries as a subject for the art of bonsai, especially Taiwan.
Other Names: Tawalpin, Beach Cotton Rose, Talipariti tiliaceum, sea hibiscus, beach hibiscus, coastal (or coast) hibiscus, coastal (or coast) cottonwood, green cottonwood, native hibiscus, native rosella, cottonwood hibiscus, kurrajong, sea rosemallow, balibago, waru, hau, fau purau and vau tree.