This truly tropical evergreen shrub is relatively compact. It can be used as a landscape plant in frost-free zones and as container specimens in cooler climates. Where hardy, it is ideal for hedges, borders, and foundation plantings. Mauis prefer full sun to part shade, particularly in the hottest part of the day with sunlight bringing out vibrant colors and more prolific blooming. Its soil must be well-drained and on the acid side.
Covered with large, leathery, dark green leaves, it will produce many round flower clusters comprised of lots of four-petaled blooms with long floral tubes. The brightly colored flowers are sunny orangish yellow. They are pollinated by butterflies and followed by hard, fleshy berry-like (non-edible) fruits.