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ABUTILON 'Kentish Belle'

Commonly known as Chinese lantern, Flowering maple, Parlour maple

Yellow and crimson, hardier cultivar
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    To semi evergreen. Narrowly ovate, shallowly-lobed, dark-green leaves to 4cm (1½in) long.
  • Semi-evergreen
    Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
  • Yellow
    Yellow and crimson
  • Height
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Slender, arching, dark purple-brown shoots. Produces pendent flowers along the young shoots.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun

ABUTILON 'Kentish Belle'

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Can flower through winter in a conservatory.
    Pests & Diseases
    Whiteflies, red spider mites, mealybugs, scale insects (particularly in glasshouse).
    Place of origin
    Garden origin. UK. 1950s. Mr Pike, Head gardener at Hever Castle, Kent.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern
    6-8cm (2½-3in) long
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Lobed
    (see photos above)
    Serrate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • Seasonal Interest
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  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Neutral to acid soil
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2.5m (8ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2.5m (8ft)
 

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