At our farmers’ market last Saturday, I saw this red-leaf hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella). At first glance, I thought it was a Japanese Maple, but then I saw it had flowers. Did I buy it? You bet I did!
This gorgeous plant can grow up to 15 feet tall, so if you love Japanese Maple, (Acer palmate) but don’t have the shade it requires, this one is for you. The the shorter days and longer nights of autumn trigger the purplish leaves to darken, and the deep red or maroon 2 – 4 inch trumpet-shaped flowers to appear. The flowers are smaller than the hibiscus most of us are familiar with, but the colors of these flowers are stunning
Now, where am I going to put it? Probably close to the house for protection in case of a freeze like the one we had in February, 2015. See you in the garden.