Red Flowering Bushes in Florida

Several bushes that grow in Florida produce red flowers. These bushes range in size from 1 foot tall to 20 feet tall and some reach 20 feet wide. Both native and non-native bushes grow in Florida. Bloom times range from spring to year round.

Hibiscus

Although hardy throughout Florida, the hibiscus remains evergreen and blooms nearly year round in southern Florida but dies to the ground below 30 degrees F in the north. A versatile bush, the hibiscus comes in many sizes, one reaching 20 feet high, has a medium growth rate, prefers full sun to partial shade and an acidic soil pH. Native hibiscus species grow best, so check with the nurseryman before making a final selection.

Firebush

With a USDA Hardiness Zone of 9 through 11, this Florida native produces numerous orange-red flowers year round with the most profuse blooming in the summer. This fast growing shrub can reach 20 feet high by 8 feet wide, tolerates full sun to full shade, attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds, and has medium drought tolerance but low salt tolerance.

Florida Anise

With a USDA Hardiness Zone of 8 through 10, this native bush produces star-shaped flowers in spring, prefers full sun to partial shade, reaches 15 feet high by 10 feet wide, and has a medium drought tolerance, but a low salt tolerance.

Azalea

Hardy throughout Florida, the azalea prefers partial shade and an acidic soil pH. This slow growing bush comes in both standard and dwarf varieties and has a medium drought tolerance, but low salt tolerance. It produces masses of blooms in spring with some ever-blooming varieties available. Azaleas attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds.

Rose

Hardy throughout Florida, roses come in bush, miniature, climbing and trailing varieties, prefer full sun and have medium drought and salt tolerance. Fast growers, roses reach a height of from 1 to 20 feet depending on the variety. Bloom time ranges from once yearly to almost continuous year round blooming depending on the variety.

Camellia

With a USDA Hardiness Zone of 8 through 9, this non-native bush produces numerous showy flowers during winter and spring. This slow-growing bush can reach 20 feet high by 20 feet wide, prefers partial shade to full shade and acidic soil pH. The camellia has a medium drought tolerance, but low salt tolerance.

Bottlebrush

With a USDA Hardiness Zone of 8b through 11, this non-native bush produces numerous spiky red flowers during spring and summer. This wildlife-attracting bush can reach 30 feet high by 15 feet wide and likes full sun to partial shade and has a high drought tolerance and a medium salt tolerance.

Firecracker Plant or Coral Plant

With a USDA Hardiness Zone of 9b through 11, this weeping bush prefers full sun and has a medium growth rate reaching 5 feet high by 12 feet wide. This butterfly and hummingbird attracting bush has high drought tolerance and medium salt tolerance.

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