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Abutilon (Chinese lantern)

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Combating too much rain - 8 top tips
. Tips for the gardener on how to cope with lots of rain.

Grevilleas. Learn all about grevilleas from native plant expert Angus Stewart.

Bulletproof landscape plants. Not all plants are equal. Many require the soil and climate (amongst other things) to be 'just right'. The plants described in this article are the ones that deserve the title of 'bulletproof' and are a good starting point for an easy-care garden.

Hedges. This article explains how to care for and maintain your Australian hedge.

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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