Abutilon ×hybridum hort.

Chinese Lantern

A collective name for a group of garden variants probably of hybrid origin. Mostly evergreen shrubs to about 2.5 m tall. Leaves generally 3-lobed, the lateral lobes forming shallow shoulders, roughly hairy on both surfaces; base cordate; margin toothed. Leaf stalk 5-15 cm long. Flowers mostly 6-10 cm wide, usually solitary on long, hanging stalks in the upper leaf axils in various colours ranging from white to pink, red, yellow, orange and lilac, and with various ornamentation; Sept.- Dec.

Garden Origin

The cultivars were popular at the turn of the century and just after, but no longer cultivated in such a colour range. A subgroup of New Zealand-raised cultivars is known as the Hollyhock series.

Leaves roughly hairy on both surfaces.

Source: Marshall, L. (1997). Abutilon. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Boule De Neige'

Stems purplish black. Flowers bell-shaped, pure white with yellowish stamens.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Carmine'

Flowers open, carmine pink.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Duc De Malakoff'

Orange with red veins; very like A. pictum species or cv.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Eclipse'

Flowers open, rich orange with red veins. ['Orange King' A. fraseri, 'Brilliant']

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Emperor'

Flowers crimson with yellow stamens. ['Red Emperor', 'Vesuvius']

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Golden Fleece'

Stems purplish black. Flowers bell-shaped, pure golden yellow.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Jubilee'

Flowers open, rose pink with a clear base.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Monsieur Marignac'

Tip of petals pale pink fading to white at the base.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Pink Lady'

Flowers soft pink.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Rosaeflorum'

Flowers bell-shaped, appearing double, stamens deep rosy pink and yellow.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Savitzii'

Shrub generally up to 1 m tall. Leaves variegated with creamy white in large blotches mostly around the margin but varying from leaf to leaf. Flowers pale orange with darker veins.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Souvenir De Bonn'

Leaves large-lobed and cream-variegated on the margins; flowers orange, strongly veined with red. Taller and more open than 'Savitzii'.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Sydney Belle'

Flowers yellow.

Abutilon ×hybridum 'Yellow Gem'

Flowers large, open, creamy yellow, extremely short stalk, sepals yellow.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Abutilon Mill.