The Santa Cruz blue hibiscus commonly grows into a medium size shrub 6-10 ft. high, equal in width. It is also available from nurseries as a small patio tree for use in large containers and raised planters. Its pale green leaves are deeply lobed and create an open foliage appearance. In comparison to the blue hibiscus species, the Santa Cruz cultivar produces striking deep purple-blue flowers from spring through summer.
Santa Cruz blue hibiscus is appreciated for its fast growth and intense flower color. It tolerates many types of soil, but good drainage is essential. It prefers a sunny exposure and grows well with moderate moisture in winter and spring, less water is important in the summer. Too much summer water leads to excessive growth and short-lived performance; pruning in late fall can help maintain good branching and foliage character.