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This Hibiscus is named after its copper-colored foliage that provides a dramatic contrast with its giant, pink blooms. The enormous blooms will not only provide a spectacular show, but will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. PP#10793 (Hibiscus)

Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 36-42" tall, 24-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 7SHRUB

Kopper King is one of the most famous, and still one of the most popular, hybrid hibiscus varieties. On a shrub only 3 to 4 ft. tall, its huge flowers always light up any garden and amaze. The foliage is unique--finely cut and decorative and of a dark, coppery color, creating great contrast with the huge flowers. Kopper King is a beauty and one of the hybrids that made the Fleming Brothers famous. (See the Fleming story below.)

The Hardy Hibiscus is the result of hybridizing our own little-known North American native wildflower shrubs, the tall wild hibiscus species, mostly one called Hibiscus moscheutos.

Do not confuse these hardy ones with the beautiful tropical ones used as houseplants. That's H. rosa-sinensis, the Chinese Hibiscus, and the national flower of Malaysia. It’s also the one everyone enjoys in landscaping in Miami and in Hawaii. If you don't live in those frost-free places, you'll love the hardy types.

The Hardy Hibiscus is the result of hybridizing our own little-known North American native wildflower shrubs, the tall wild hibiscus species, mostly one called Hibiscus moscheutos.

Do not confuse these hardy ones with the beautiful tropical ones used as houseplants. That's H. rosa-sinensis, the Chinese Hibiscus, and the national flower of Malaysia. It’s also the one everyone enjoys in landscaping in Miami and in Hawaii. If you don't live in those frost-free places, you'll love the hardy types.

The fantastic Hardy Hibiscus hybrids are one of gardenings best-kept secrets, unless one of your neighbors happens to have one. They make glossy green shrubs about 4 or 5 feet tall, and in mid and late summer cover themselves with dinnerplate-sized flowers in a selection of colors.

How the Hardy Hibiscus hybrids happened: One of the earliest sensations in this group was the famous hybrid, Lord Baltimore, followed by Lady Baltimore which was developed during the 1970s.

But those two were only the beginning. Like most sensational groups of hybridized plants, there is usually a passionate person behind it all. In this case, its three people--the famous Fleming Brothers of Lincoln, Nebraska. Years ago, Jim, Bob, and Dave Fleming became interested in the sort of rangy native hibiscus species they knew from the wild. Their mother was the Nebraska State Naturalist, so all three of them grew up as native plant experts. To make a long story short, they spent their entire lives hybridizing and are the creators of many very famous perennials in the market today, but the most famous are the Fleming Hibiscus Hybrids. These patented plants include the world-famous Robert Fleming, Kopper King and many others. The last Fleming brother passed away just a few years ago, but their own wholesale nursery is still in business, and you can visit their website. You'll see fascinating photos and read all about the brothers and their fantastic legacy of fine flowers. It's an incredible story of three men who loved plants. Here's their site: Fleming Flower Fields.

SKU 7SHRUB
Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Flower Size 10-12 inch flowers
Mature Height 36-42" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Burgundy
Foliage Maple like leaves in copper tones.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

How to Grow and Care For Hardy Hibiscus

Planting - How Hibiscus Arrives

When you receive your Hardy Hibiscus plant from American Meadows, it could look like a pot of soil with sticks. Seems disappointing, but looks are deceiving because actually there is a thriving strong root system below the soil. The hibiscus is dormant and hasn’t emerged yet. We want you to successfully grow and care for your Hardy Hibiscus. To start planting, there are a few growing conditions to consider before planting.

Planting Needs

Hardy Hibiscus thrives best in well drained soil, amended with organic matter. Hibiscus prefers acidic soil. To add acidity to your soil, add Peat moss or potting soil to your garden. If your soil is mostly clay, consider planting Hibiscus in a raised bed, this helps to eliminate water buildup.

The best time to plant Hardy Hibiscus is after all danger of frost has passed. To plant, dig a hole double the size of the pot and set the plant in, the crown of the plant should rest just at or above the soil surface. Press the new loose dirt around the plant and water. If you water and the base of the plant shows, add more soil. If you are planting multiple Hibiscus, space plants 2 to 3 ft apart in the garden. Although the plant maybe small, these beauties reach 48” – 72” Tall.

Location and Light

Hardy Hibiscus is slow to emerge in cold springs or early summers, so be patient. Hardy Hibiscus does best in full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but growth and flowering will suffer. If you live in areas with very hot summers, during the hottest part of the day, Hibiscus may need shade. Hibiscus should be planted along, or in the back of perennial flower beds.

After Planting Care for Years of Growth

Fertilizer

Hibiscus needs lots of nutrients. There are a few ways to fertilize Hibiscus. One option is in the spring; apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant. Or apply fertilizer with 10-4-12, 9-3-13 or 10-10-10 around the base of the hibiscus. Be careful not to add too much fertilizer, too much phosphorous will kill hibiscus.

Temperature

Hibiscus is hardy to zone 5. Hardy hibiscus benefits from warm temperatures for bud growth, so if it’s a cold spring or summer, growth will be slower. To keep Hibiscus warm apply a layer of mulch to protect Hibiscus in the winter and early spring.

Watering

Hibiscus needs both moist and well drained soil. If Hibiscus dries out to much it will drop all its foliage and will look like a bunch of dead sticks. When this happens don’t stress, it will re-bud, it’s the Hibiscus protecting its roots system. It’s important to not over water or underwater. If you are growing hibiscus in a container, plant your hibiscus in a pot with adequate drainage holes. Otherwise if Hibiscus is in water to long, its root will begin to rot.

Pruning

Hibiscus don’t need to be pruned. But if you choose to shape Hibiscus the best time to do so, is in late fall or winter depending on your location. Otherwise Hibiscus produces new growth every year from the ground up. To encourage branching and more flowers stalk, prune is in early summer when Hibiscus has starts to grow.

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American MeadowsHibiscus Kopper King
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable growth (4)
  • Vivid colors (3)

Cons

  • Small in size (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Daughter Loves it!

I ordered 2 of these plants rather late in the season for my daughter. When they arrived she was a bit disappointed since they looked like dead twigs in a tiny pot. The weather...Read complete review

I ordered 2 of these plants rather late in the season for my daughter. When they arrived she was a bit disappointed since they looked like dead twigs in a tiny pot. The weather had turned cold & wet, so we were delayed about 2 weeks getting them in the ground, but we kept them moist. Before they went in the ground they had already developed a couple of tiny leaves each, & once planted, they are growing by leaps & bounds. Although they've only been planted about a month, they are about 12" tall & leafed out completely. We love the beautiful foliage. Not sure if we will get flowers this year or not, but even if we don't the plant is still beautiful.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Arrived dry and dead

did not perform. arrived dead, very disappointed

did not perform. arrived dead, very disappointed

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1.0

Arrived dry and dead

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from New Jersey

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Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

did not perform. arrived dead, very disappointed

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Deer Don't touch It!

By 

from Kaunakakai Hawaii

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Pros

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

    Very slow growing but still alive....

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Anemic growth in first season

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    from Newburyport, MA

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Small In Size
    • Unattractive

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

    I expected more for the price, only one very feeble stalk has emerged from the rootball

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Wishful

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    from West Milford, NJ

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

    Had a hard time getting this one started.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    hopeful

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    from Winston Salem,NC

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

    even the replacement did NOT come back

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent, very beautiful plant.

    By 

    from Georgia

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    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

        This plant arrived as a tiny, dead looing stick. I planted it and cared for it and it grew like crazy. Within 4 months it was 3 feet tall and producing lovely, huge pink blooms. I am very happy with this plant.

         
        5.0

        All plants thriving

        By 

        from Monmouth, ME

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Susceptible to Pests

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

          Had no issues with this plant and i got three. Not blooming yet as it is the first year but cant wait for next year.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Very Happy

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          from Indiana

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          Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

          I ordered 2 plants in the early spring because my son-in-law likes them so much. Of course they arrived looking like twigs in a small pot & we were delayed in planting because of rain. Before the ground was dry enough to plant them, they were already putting out leaves still in the pot. We planted them along the edge of the yard & they have grown to about 18" high now & filling out nicely, also. No blooms this year, but am confident we will have beautiful flowers next year. I am thinking about buying more next year with the objective of having a hibiscus "border" along that side of the yard.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Bloomed the first year

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          from St. Charles, IL

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          Pros

          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

              Amazing growth in first year in zone 5 . No doubt we will have a great display next year!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My Daughter Loves it!

              By 

              from north central Indiana

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              Pros

              • Reliable Growth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Areas

                Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

                I ordered 2 of these plants rather late in the season for my daughter. When they arrived she was a bit disappointed since they looked like dead twigs in a tiny pot. The weather had turned cold & wet, so we were delayed about 2 weeks getting them in the ground, but we kept them moist. Before they went in the ground they had already developed a couple of tiny leaves each, & once planted, they are growing by leaps & bounds. Although they've only been planted about a month, they are about 12" tall & leafed out completely. We love the beautiful foliage. Not sure if we will get flowers this year or not, but even if we don't the plant is still beautiful.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                WOW! WONDERFUL! GREATEST!

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                from Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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                Pros

                • Long Bloom Time
                • Low Maintenance
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Erosion Control
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Kopper King:

                  I have my hibiscus planted next to my house where it gets all day sun. I love this plant, it is so beautiful. I have spent 3yrs in Hawaii and this hibiscus looks every bit as beautiful as the ones in Hawaii.

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                  USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                  To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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