Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld


Abutilon species, hybrids and cultivars

Other Common Names: Chinese lantern
Family: Malvaceae

This group is represented by several species, hybrids and cultivars. They are relatives of the hibiscus and have distincive hanging bell-shaped flowers. The Abutilon is a plant not often seen in local gardens anymore. The lanky growth habit doesn't suit many modern landscapes, but the style of the shrub, with suitable management, could be incorporated into a cottage garden or Japanese garden.

There are many colour variations in existence, as well as some variation in plant habit among the group.

They aren't much grown in Queensland anymore, however.

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