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ABUTILON 'Kentish Belle'
Commonly known as Chinese lantern, Flowering maple, Parlour maple
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)
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) -
Seasonal Interest - Autumn
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
Neutral to acid soil
Abutilon - Care Guide
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Harrod Horticulture Plant Supports - Arches - Obelisks & Trellis
Metal wall trellis
Steel garden trellis panels finished with ball finials. 10 year guarantee.
3 options from £10.45
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
SB Plant Invigorator
This is a non-biological non-chemical plant insecticide and mildewcide. Works against the physical motion of the insect. Perfect for all plants and edible crops.
2ply sisal garden twine - 250 grams
Natural garden twine, 500 grams, 350 metres. Ideal in the garden or the home.