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Abutilon (Chinese lantern)

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Plant description

abutilon chinese lantern 2

abutilon chinese lantern 1

A fast growing decorative shrub with pendulous flowers which resemble hanging lanterns, in various colours from pink, red, orange, yellow and white. It is long flowering, in warmer climates they can flower all year round. Best in sub-tropical areas and also for temperate climates. Can be short lived. Tolerant of light frost. Likes full sun to dappled shade, and a well drained and moist soil. Responds well to pruning if it becomes too open.

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

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red, orange, yellow, pink, white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 3 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, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Pests

Thrips, aphids

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.

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