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Abutilon megapotamicum (Chinese Lantern, Trailing Abutilon)

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Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.

Top plants for hedges and screens. Hedges and screens in gardens create privacy or screen out an unwanted view. Learn about which plants are best for this.

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Plant description

abutilon megapotamica chinese lantern 2

abutilon megapotamica chinese lantern 1

A hardy shrub with pendulous yellow bell flowers with contrasting orange-red caps, it grows to around two and a half metres high and wide. Long flowering from spring through to autumn, best in a sub-tropical climate, but can be also be grown in temperate areas. Likes full sun to dappled shade, and a well drained but moist soil. It is a naturally dense growing plant which responds well to pruning if it becomes too open. Feed with a good all purpose fertiliser in the warm months. Tolerant of light frost. Can be used as a hedging plant as well as for containers and as a feature.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow and orange
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 2.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Pests

Thrips

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.

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