Real World Gardener NEW Hibiscus Little Zin is Plant of the Week

June 24th, 2016

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Hibiscus acetosella "Little Zin."

Seems like plants with burgundy or purple foliage are the in thing with new releases of Crepe Myrtle ”Diamonds in the Dark” and Loropetalum Plum Gorgeous.Plants with coloured leaves other than green are a must in any garden to break up all that greenness and act as a standout plant or a focal point in your garden.

Hibiscus acetosella "Little Zin." photo M Cannon



Not only that, according to Monty Don, purple leaves, as well as being attractive in their own right, make red and yellow flowers seem more intense, and add more depth to a border than green leaves ever can. 

What is new purple leaved plant? Let’s find out.. 

I'm talking with the plant panel :Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal  and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.


Hibiscus Little Zin has dark burgundy or maroon foliage, that look similar to maple leaves but about 10 cm in length. Growing to 45 – 60 cm  x 45 – 60 cm. with an upright habit.

Little Zin has a typical hibiscus flower with flower buds starting off as deep maroon then opening to a pale to mid pink with a maroon centre.

Flowers appear in late Autumn to early Winter around midday, that’s late in the season when days are getting shorter. 


 Hibiscus Little Zin prefers slight acidic soils to around pH 6.0 - 6.5 and soil that's kept moist but not boggy.


Originally growing in forest areas, marshes and open areas in Africa.

This plant branches reasonably well because it's a compact form, however you can tip prune to make it even more bush, but the leaves will be slightly smaller if you do this.

Hibiscus acetosella "Little Zin." photo M Cannon

By the way, don’t try to get Crepe Myrtle Diamonds in the Dark because the demand was so high the grower is no longer able to supply demand until January of next year.

But you should be able to buy Hibiscus Little Zin from your garden centre or contact Jeremy's nursery for distributors.

If you have any questions about growing Hibiscus Little Zin why not write in to

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