The Hibiscus Bush ... Growing in Hawaii

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Patrick J. Lambert Realtor/Salesperson Century 21 All Islands 808-937-1188

The Hibiscus

Always a matter of controversy here in Hawaii ... the Hibiscus. So many types, colors, sizes. In the early 1900's the Hibiscus of any kind was considered the Territory Flower. In 1959 when Hawaii became a state the flower was also recognized as a state symbol. In 1988, finally a decision was made, the yellow Hibiscus became the Flower of the 50th State. People still will argue about which color hibiscus is actually the State flower. The Hibiscus usually does not have a scent, at least I don't think so. I have many Hibiscus scattered throughout my property. I have yellow, red, pink, white, orange. I remember going back to NJ after first visiting Hawaii. My new wife and I went to the Home Depot and bought a Hibiscus bush. We would get so excited about the bush getting one flower. We would notice the bump start, then it would grow, then it would open, and two days later the flower would have wilted and fallen off the bush. Weeks could go by before seeing another flower start to bud. Never did we have more than one flower at a time. Once I moved here to Hawaii I was shocked by the growth of the hibiscus. My hibiscus bushes are taller than I am and are constantly putting out flowers, many at a time. I do notice there are times of year there are less than normal and sometimes there are more flowers than normal. I love giving gifts of this type to home owners after closing on a home.


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Ann-Marie Clements
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Hi Patrick,

The Hibiscus is probably growing well in Hawaii, because of the high mineral content of the lava that most of Hawaii, if not all of it, is made of.

Oh, how I miss the macadamia nuts and Kona Coffee.  MMMMMMMHHHH....


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