J. Berry Adds to Hollywood Hibiscus Line
Disco Diva likes to be the center of attention by flashing bloom after bloom of orange and fuchsia ruffled flowers. Trophy Wife has gorgeous tricolor blooms with deep pink centers and delicate ruffled pink petals.
“The Hollywood Hibiscus collection is expanding rapidly because it delivers on the promise of being G Rated — Grower and Gardener friendly. The plants are easy for the grower to produce, with lower labor and chemical costs compared to the traditional tropical hibiscus varieties. From the gardener’s perspective, Hollywood Hibiscus are low maintenance, bloom spring through fall and have vivid flowers that last for three days with new ones opening daily,” says Jonathan Berry, owner and vice president of J. Berry.
This spring attendees can catch a glimpse of Disco Diva and Trophy Wife at the California Spring Trials. J. Berry will exhibit at Windmill Nursery in Buellton.
Hollywood Hibiscus breeder and J. Berry President, Jim Berry explains, “We have been improving tropical hibiscus by conventional plant breeding hybridization over the last 10 years. Our accomplishments of achieving bacterial leaf spot immunity and white fly resistance saves growers money by reducing their need to use pesticides.
“I see selections in our breeding program that will be designed for various container sizes, selections for different forms, and selections adapted to various climatic conditions for different production environments around the world. A recent breeding breakthrough will double and triple the flower power of tropical hibiscus very soon.”
Additionally, Jim and the J. Berry team are working on quart-friendly varieties that will benefit greenhouse growers, allowing them to get an additional crop turns in their growing houses in the summer.
For more information on J. Berry, please visit www.jberrynursery.com