Perhaps she has a different variety that is more cold hardy? Mine probably would have been fine if it hadn’t stay so darn cold for so long. Oddly, my neighbor has two of the same variety of hibiscus as I have, just differently colored flowers. In fact, previous owner of my place bought all three plants and gave two as gifts to the neighbor. I carefully covered and wrapped my hibiscus during the freezes and the neighbor did nothing. All three froze back but hers look much deader than mine — some of the branches on mine actually looked viable although they turned out not to be, while hers were nothing but brittle, blackened sticks. We both cut our bushes back to the ground. Hers almost immediately started shooting up from the root and mine did nothing for a least two weeks before the first green sprout appeared. I shoveled it up to make room for other plants! Her new growth is almost knee high and mine is not more than a couple of inches. As my grandchildren so often say:

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