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Commonly known as Chinese lantern, Flowering maple, Parlour maple
Genus of about 150 species, deciduous and evergreen, in the form of shrubs, small trees, perennials and annuals.
Hailing from tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America the frost prone species are suitable as conservatory or house plants. Half hardy species do well in a sunny border and those of arching habit against a warm wall.
The various attributes to maple arise from the shape of the leaves.
Good to know - grown for the pendent, bell-shaped, cup-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers, some with highly coloured calyces and stamens.
Pests & Diseases - whiteflies, red spider mites, mealybugs, scale insects particularly in greenhouse.
Place of Origin - Africa, Australia, Asia, North and South America
Evergreen - and deciduous small trees, annuals and perennials.
Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here. - loam based compost for greenhouse - plenty of light
Fertile well drained soil - outdoors
Against a wall - can be trained against a warm wall
Full sun - outdoors