Raspberry Smoothie™ Tropical Hibiscus Tree
A Touch of Razzle-Dazzle in a Botanical Raspberry Smoothie
It sounds more like a refreshing blender treat than a landscape plant! But Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus Tree Form (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Ds03rs’) delivers on its name by producing luscious, double flowers in a most tantalizing shade of raspberry-fuchsia. This feast for the eyes typically begins its display in mid-summer, when other flowers are languishing in the heat. The indefatigable plants are surprisingly easy to care for, even when faced with summer’ heat and poor soils.
Is it a Shrub or a Tree?
This species of hibiscus, which you may know by two of its common names -- Rose-of-Sharon or Althea -- grows naturally in shrub form. But our team of horticulturists have pruned and trained young Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus shrubs to resemble small flowering trees that reach only 8 feet tall! These tree-form shrubs are perfect for smaller landscapes, where large flowering trees simply won’t fit.
A Snap to Grow
If you like low-maintenance plants with showy flowers, Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus Tree Form may be your new favorite plant!
Sun. Pick out a sunny spot in your yard or garden where Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus will excel as a focal point. Although plants can tolerate partial shade, they’ll flower more profusely for you in full sun.
Soil. Whether your soil is primarily sand, loam or clay, Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus can adapt. Make sure the soil drains well, though, so your plant doesn’t sit in waterlogged soil.
Water. Newly planted plants appreciate regular watering so their roots can become established. Mature specimens respond best in slightly moist soil, but after they’re firmly settled in, Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus Tree Form plants can handle occasional periods of drought.
Fertilizer. Simply follow label recommendations for an all-purpose fertilizer that you apply in early spring to boost summer flowering.
A Hummingbird Bonus
Raspberry Smoothie™ Hibiscus is a hummingbird’s delight. The little creatures flock to the nectar-filled flowers, so be sure to plant your tree-form shrub where you’ll enjoy watching the little birds dart to and fro as they feed!