PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
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Abutilon x hybridum 'Pink Swirls'

Double Pink Chinese Lantern

Plant Type Large shrub
Flower Colour Pink
Leaf Shape Palmate
Leaf Colour Green
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Tropical
Drought No
Coastal No
Frost Moderate
Native Exotic
Flower Months Jan - Dec



Abutilons, or Chinese Lanterns as they are commonly called, are a popular garden shrub.  They are hardy to full sun, part shade and most frosts.  They will also tolerate extended dry periods.  They should be pruned to around 60% after the last frost.  After pruning, and at planting they should be fed with Osmocote Outdoor Trees & Shrubs.

‘Pink Swirls’ is a selected form with ruffled pink flowers. It will generally grow around 2 meters high by 1.8 meters wide although it can get larger in good conditions.  The foliage is deep green and accentuates the flowers, which seem to be around for most of the year.

‘Pink Swirls’ can be used as a specimen plant in a small lawn, as a backdrop to a cottage garden, or trimmed up in a formal English garden. With its loose shape it will also look good intermingled with native Australian plants.  The pink flowers contrast nicely with the deep blue of Salvia ‘Omaha Gold’ or the bright yellow of Genista ‘Yellow Imp’.  Surround it with Lavandula ‘Avonview’, Penstemon ‘Thorn’ or Hydrangea ‘Saturn’ for a splash of summer colour.

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