Hibiscus makinoi is a widely-branching, deciduous shrub that can grow up to 4 metres tall[
].. In cooler regions near the limits of its hardiness the plant will often die down in winter and regrow from the base in the spring.
The plant is an ingredient of commercial cosmetic products. It is grown as an ornamental in gardens.
E. Asia - southern Japan - Kyushu to the Ryukyu Islands
Waste places, roadside banks, thin thickets, sometimes near seashores and cultivated fields[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
An extract of the leaves is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner[
Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid and no special pretreatment is needed, although germination will be faster if the seed is abraded or soaked prior to sowing[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year and to plant them out in early summer of the following year.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame. They generally strike readily, particularly if cuttings are taken on an angle through a node and rooting hormone is applied to their ends[
]. Overwinter them in a warm greenhouse and plant out after the last expected frosts.