Hibiscus heterophyllus Vent.

Native Rosella, Sorrel Tree

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 10 +

Size: 9 to 18' tall, smaller in cultivation (6' tall, 3' wide)

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


Linear leaves to 8" long. Large flowers, typical Hibiscus shape, yellow, white or pink. Not grown very much in cultivation.


Native to Australia and first cultivated in England in 1803.

Published in Jard. Malmaison 103 in 1805.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 29 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. A native of New-South-Wales... The plant was discovered by Colonel Paterson on the banks of the Hawkesbury river; and first cultivated in this country by the late Mr. Charles Greville, in the conservatory of his botanic-garden at Paddington, in 1803.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Hibiscus grandiflorus Salisb. - unresolved - probably a synonym.


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