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Abutilon x hybridum - hort. ex Siebert.&Voss.
                 
Common Name Chinese Lantern, Flowering Maple
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A hybrid of garden origin, A. darwinii x A. pictum.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Orange, Purple, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early fall, Early spring, Early winter, Late summer, Late fall, Late spring, Late winter, Mid summer, Mid fall, Mid spring, Mid winter. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.

Abutilon x hybridum Chinese Lantern, Flowering Maple


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Abutilon x hybridum Chinese Lantern, Flowering Maple
   
Physical Characteristics
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Abutilon x hybridum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

Flowers - raw or cooked. A delicious sweet flavour, they are excellent on their own or as part of a mixed salad[K]. The flowers produce nectar all the time they are open so, assuming the plant is grown indoors and is not visited by pollinating insects, the sweetness increases the longer the flower is open[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Espalier, Rock garden, Specimen. Requires a sunny position or part day shade in a fertile well-drained soil[200]. Dislikes drought[200]. This species is only hardy in the mildest areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c when given the protection of a south or south-west facing wall[11, 200]. It is probably hardier than either of its parents[11]. Plants are often deciduous in cold winters[219]. A deep mulch in winter and tying in growth to the wall will maximise protection in winter[200]. If the plant is cut back by cold weather, it will normally resprout from the base in the spring and can flower on the current year's growth[202]. Plants grow very rapidly for their first few years and need staking if they are not in a sheltered position[11]. Plants tend to be short-lived in Britain, dying suddenly without any apparent cause. This is probably because they flower so profusely that they die of exhaustion[11]. Dead-heading plants to prevent seeding can enhance longevity[200]. Tip-prune young plants to promote a bushy habit, older plants can be cut back hard annually as new growth commences in late winter or early spring if required[200]. There are some named forms, selected for their ornamental value[11, 200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Blooms appear periodically throughout the year, Blooms are very showy.
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. Germination should take place within a few weeks. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow them on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. This species is a hybrid, so the seedlings will not be true to type. Cuttings of young shoots, June in a frame[200]. Grow on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant out in spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Grow on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant out in spring after the last expected frosts.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Abutilon megapotamicumTrailing Abutilon40
Abutilon ochsenii 30
Abutilon pictumAbutilon, Parlour Maple, Flowering Maple, Spotted30
Abutilon purpurascens 20
Abutilon species 30
Abutilon theophrastiChina Jute, Velvetleaf, Butterprint Buttonweed Jute, China Mallow, Indian Velvet Leaf32
Abutilon vitifolium 30
Abutilon x milleriTrailing Abutilon30
Abutilon x suntense 30
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
wendy@wowway.com Mon Sep 11 2006
can you eat the little orange ball inside the lantern
Elizabeth H.
Rich (webweaver) Mon Sep 11 2006
Yes, indeed you can, thats actually the fruit part.
Elizabeth H.
wendy barnett@hotmail,co.uk Wed Sep 13 2006
I believe these are used in flower arrangements . When is the best time to cut them for this use .
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