Hibiscus Plants for Sale

Note: my own hibiscus selections are in a separate section for “exclusive Nestlebrae hibiscus”.
The page you are on now deals with traditional flowers, commercially available, often for many years already, in New Zealand.

Please read this next- Availability: I tried leaving the hibiscus plants for sale out in my sales area thru winter, under and surrounded by white windbreak cloth. It proved to be too stressful for them. I have taken nearly all the hibiscus plants off sale, and I am progressively putting them into bigger bags, with fresh potting mix and fertilizer. They will go back on sale late in November 2019, I hope.

When I return now much happier plants to the sales area, I will mark them with “on sale again now”

Prices vary
I plan to develop our offerings of these plants as time goes by. My standard price is $18 for a good young plant of the sort traditionally available in NZ, and in a PB12 size. I will ask more for those in bigger bags, and more again for new selections as they become available.

For yet newer cultivars from my own resources, patience is required. Watch this space! I am trialling many new plants grown from seed imported from breeders overseas.

Since re-establishing myself on a new property I have many of the plants below for sale, but not all. Please enquire further — you can email me by clicking here.

When should you plant hibiscus?
Roughly, October onwards, once the ground is clearly warming up. These are definitely warm climate, rather than temperate, plants. You wouldn’t plant new tomato plants in winter. Hibiscus, once established, will tolerate our winters in milder climates around NZ, but they don’t grow then, and flower size and colour can really suffer. By August, flower sizes might be only a quarter, or less, depending on the variety, of what they would be in summer. Moreover, some of the complex new hibiscus lose their glorious colours in our winters. Here’s an example. It’s one I raised from seed that was bred in Tahiti. One of the pictures was taken in August- guess which one!

Hibiscus arnottianus
Wilder’s White

This is a species from elevation in Hawaii. Simple white flowers with long pink-red stamens and paler pink veins. Resistant to root rot. Do not prune hard, unlike the hybrids commonly seen in gardens in NZ. [out of stock]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Agnes Gault’
Agnes Gault

An older cultivar, vigorous and upright, which has long been proven to do well in northern New Zealand. The satiny pink flowers are produced profusely. [out of stock]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Apple Blossom’
Apple Blossom

Russell Fransham looked at this and said his belief was that it was a hybrid between Hibiscus arnottianus on the left, and some unknown pink cultivar. It is exceedingly vigorous, with lots of flowers displayed well on a bush that will go up to about 4 metres tall if you don’t prune it. My original cutting came from a big bush that grew all over part of the public telephone box at Tauranga Bay which is just around from the opening of the Whangaroa Harbour in the Far North of NZ, so that’s how I identified it. Then I met Bob Rivers-Smith, the hibiscus specialist in NZ. From his copious records he came up with ‘Apple Blossom’, and this was immediately an appropriate fit. Several years later still I learned that an even more original name for it is ‘Lillian Wilder’, but you’ll find it as Apple Blossom often in Australia too. My ageing brain has decided to stick with what I can remember!

Price: enquire about availability and sizes

Hibiscus cv. ‘Ben James’
Ben James

One of the favorite clear red forms in our collection. Lots of single flowers in a very attractive light to medium red colour, with a little ruffling on the petal surfaces. Bright and strong. [out of stock till further notice]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Brother Anthony’
Brother Anthony

Subdued and subtle in lovely apricot shades moving into pinkish tones around a white centre. Reported to be hardy under northern NZ conditions.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Chocolate High’
Chocolate High

This amuses me, so I’ll tell the story (a true one) that the hybridiser, a leading player in American hibiscus circles called Curt Sinclair, registered this flower as ‘Jim Berry’, and that’s the name it has carried to New Zealand. He had a change of mind later, and renamed it ‘Chocolate High’. It was a commercial quality flower, and he thought it might attract more attention with a more marketable name. So, if you love chocolate, and have the right climate, I’ll sell it to you under this yummy moniker. Or, as ‘Jim Berry’ (see below)! [out of stock]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Crown of Warringah’
Crown of Warringah

A variety with an Australian reference to the name, and it’s been around for quite a few years now. Reliable, and relatively hardy for a hibiscus. Pale, distinctive orange, heading towards being a double, with the characteristic central tuft.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Dainty White’
Dainty White

Probably the best known of the Dainty series of small flowered hibiscus, this is a pure white, very simple flower. The plant is not large, and the leaves are small, but it does hold plenty of flowers. Good in with complementary plants. It is seen next to the equally small flowered ‘Psyche’. Photographed in early November the red flower is the first since winter. It’s outdoors, so duller and smaller than it will be in summer. Then the two would be similar in size.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Eden Rose’
Eden Rose

It’s a Jack Clark hybrid on a compact plant.The suppliers describe it as a single cerise-pink flower with ruffled surfaces. I think that a lot of people will also at once perceive the white accent (provided by the underside of the petal edges) that lifts the look of the flower and gives more complexity. Only two available now.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Erin Rachel’
Erin Rachel

A small, but complexly coloured, modern cultivar. The flowers may be small, but they are almost jewel-like in colours ranging from red through pink, with orange edges. It flowers very well for me, and seems to be a bit more resilient than some of the other modern hybrids. [PVR registered]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Harry Boris’
Harry Boris

One of the newer cultivars that have become available in NZ now. (It was bred by Curt Sinclair in Florida, and named after a friend.) It’s a small to medium flower in unusual colours- while the centre has quite common red and white hibiscus markings, the main colours are tones in soft orange and lighter browns. Give Harry a nice spot to keep him warm. (PVR registered)

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv ‘Hawaiian Sunset’
Hawaiian Sunset

A prolific producer of flowers in a simple pink and yellow-cream two tone arrangement. Hardy and reliable. Sold out now [None available till further notice].

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Jim Berry’
Jim Berry

Another modern selection with unusual colours by the standards of those hibiscus we had in NZ in the last century. It’s a smallish flower, with the common red and white centre markings, but with most uncommon tan and milk coffee colours over the bulk of the flower. Give him a warm, protected spot. (PVR registered) [out of stock]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Macdelveon’s Yellow’ (syn. ‘New Zealand Yellow Hibiscus’)
Macdelveon’s Yellow

A Jack Clark hybrid (i.e. bred in Auckland by the late Jack Clark) with semidouble, strong mid-yellow flowers on a vigorous, upright bush. Excellent if you want a very clear, strong yellow.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Mary Wallace’
Mary Wallace

Gorgeous, strong orange single flowers, edged with yellow. An old favourite for New Zealand, and still available. Individual blooms can be huge- 23 cm (or 9 inches) across at the widest point. (now out of stock)

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Molly Cummings’
Molly Cummings

Much admired and grown by many New Zealanders over the years, this is a lovely, robust, large flowered, glorious example of a strong red hibiscus. It has black tonings in the flower, especially on the first day each flower is open. I’ve tried repeatedly but haven’t yet captured the quality of this flower in a photo…so far!

A couple available

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Pride of Hankins’
Pride of Hankins

A vigorous, fast-growing plant with a double or semi-double flower in bright raspberry pink shades. It is an old cultivar from Florida, and it has been widely used as an understock on which to graft other varieties since it is such a good grower. However, it is a variety with its own virtues- tons of flowers, and grows strongly.

on sale again now Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Prince of Orange’
Prince of Orange

A gorgeous orange flower with gold edging. If you want a hibiscus with really strongly orange colour, then this could be the one for you. (Bred by Jack Clark in NZ)

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Psyche’

‘Psyche’ (pronounced rather like “Sigh-kee”) is a beautiful, vibrantly red, small hibiscus flower. The bush itself is not small. However, the flower size makes ‘Psyche’ seem more dainty than the hibiscus bushes traditionally grown in Aotearoa. The petals recurve, and the petiole is long. This has led to it becoming a classic flower for hair decoration throughout the Pacific.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Ross Estey’
Ross Estey

A robust plant, with strong-petalled flowers which are a mix of soft pink and salmon/apricot tones. One source claims it’s a Jack Clark hybrid which would make it bred in NZ for our conditions. But there are no Estey names in the NZ White Pages, and an international source puts its origins in the USA. Another Kiwi has a book which names it as bred in the USA by Ross Gast. That seems to settle it. Whatever, it’s a pretty flower, and a desirable plant. [sold out]
Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Royal Highness’
Royal Highness

An intriguing flower. It’s a large one, pale apricot on the edges, with the colour deepening to orange-red in the centre. One of John’s real favourites because it performs outdoors so reliably.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Smoky Mountain’
Smoky Mountain

Smoky Mountain is a fine modern hibiscus, large-flowered and pastel-coloured. It starts on the outside with creamy-smoky tones, and then shades through pink into soft purplish-smoky hues with a red centre. Striking, especially if you haven’t seen the more complex modern flowers. [PVR registered] [out of stock]

Price: $18, or 3 for $5

Hibiscus cv. ‘Sun Shower’
Sun Shower

If you like hot orange to scarlet hibiscus flowers (like many of us!), that are large, and that have gold-yellow splashes, mostly round the rim of the bloom, then this is the one for you! [PVR registered]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘The Bride’

The Bride displays lots of creamy white, suffused with pale pink going in to the centre, medium sized blossoms. Quite a vigorous bush. The fabric of her dress (i.e. the petal surface) is intriguingly ruffled. Softly attractive in her prime! [out of stock]

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Tui Song’
Tui Song

Yet another older flower from Jack Clark’s breeding efforts based on Fijian hibiscus to produce plants that succeed well in northern NZ. It’s a nice, plain rosy-pink hibiscus. Only a couple available.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

Hibiscus cv. ‘Versicolour’

Another strongly growing, now rather oldfashioned (but none the worse for that!) Fijian hibiscus. Again this one was identified for me by Bob Rivers-Smith. Desirable and floriferous.

Price: $18, or 3 for $50

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