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Red Giant Turk’s Cap

December 9, 2016 Back to Picks >


(Malvaviscus arboreus) This native perennial shrub of Mexico and Texas makes a spectacular fall statement in any garden with its showy display of large partially opened, vivid red flowers. It’s an absolute magnet for Hummingbirds, and many bird species enjoy dining on the attractive red fruit. Giant Turk’s Cap forms a large 5′-6′ shrub or can be trained into a 6′-8′ tree form. It is an extremely tough and versatile plant and will grow in sun or part shade. It’s drought tolerant, yet will tolerate wet, and will perform in a wide variety of soils. Goes dormant in winter and is root hardy into Zone 8.