Red and green buds of the Red Leaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella).


The bud swelling to a point.


A swirl about to open.


Gorgeous veined flowers to match the leaves.


At the end of the day the flower is sucked into a tight ball.


This very attractive red plant started out in a small nursery pot this spring.  Its trunk grew almost as big as the pot and some of its branches became so heavy they split off.  The plant was only to grow 4 feet tall, but even with several prunings it continued to grow to 10 feet.  Finally, enough was enough and it was time for a severe trimming.  But, a reprieve was called for after a closer examination discovered hundreds of buds forming in clusters at every leaf junction.  Who could resist the promise of flowers? The execution of the cutting was postponed.

9 Comments on “Reprieve”

  1. saltypalette says:

    Stunning pictures! I want one of these trees now 🙂

  2. david says:

    I’m glad you looked closer. Isn’t it fun to discovery such beauty in our gardens?
    Merry Christmas from David/:0) Tropical Texana

  3. Tina says:

    Wow–that’s impressive–then and now!

  4. Ann Coleman says:

    What beautiful flowers! I couldn’t cut it back either.

  5. Plants that grow like that scare me a little!

  6. Gorgeous flowers and foliage. What more could a plant lover want?!

  7. Lovely. Both leaves and flowers are such beautiful shades. Thank you for sharing. Hope your Christmas has been grand.

  8. gaiainaction says:

    What an amazing plant, lovely flowers too, great you gave us a glimpse of this lovely plant.

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