Hibiscus 'Albo Lacinatus'
Hibiscus 'Albo Lacinatus' Twins
A 4-year-old Hibiscus 'Albo Lacinatus' Bush
'Albo Lacinatus' is considered to have been one of the very earliest of the hibiscus hybrids. Some speculate that it could have been a filial 1 or 2 (first or second generation) cross between the Hawaiian species 'Hibiscus arnottianus' and the Malagasy species 'Hibiscus schizopetalus.' Whatever the cross, it is likely to have been hybridized no later than the late 1700's or early 1800's.
'Albo Lacinatus' remains today one of the fastest growing, tallest, and most vigorous of all tropical hibiscus species and cultivars. It makes a beautiful, blooming wall, hedge, or screen, growing up to 20 feet tall in about 5 years. Its pink flowers are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to stop blooming in the winter. Because of its vigorous root system, it is also our favorite hibiscus to use as rootstock for grafting hibiscus. Avaiable from HVH in 2009. Hybridizer: Unknown