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Blackberry Merlot Hibiscus

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Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blackberry Merlot’ – A bold perennial with its large, deep velvety red blooms, perfect for adding a tropical look or accenting end of season gardens; deep green leaves set the background on this upright selection; fast growing; blooms midsummer to early fall

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Hibiscus
Cultivar:
Blackberry Merlot
Flower Color:
dark red
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Rose Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus
Branching:
herbaceous
Flower Form:
round

Ornamental Features

Blackberry Merlot Hibiscus features bold dark red round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its large serrated pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Blackberry Merlot Hibiscus is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Blackberry Merlot Hibiscus will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. To help this plant achive its best flowering performance, periodically apply a flower-boosting fertilizer from early spring through into the active growing season. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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