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Abutilon 'Estella's Little Bird'

An evergreen shrub, to around 2m high, with slender arching stems and bright green leaves with three narrow pointed lobes. Pendent flowers, with flared yellow petals, reddish calyces and dark red protruding stamens, are produced along the young stems from summer to early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Red Green
Autumn Yellow Red Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Malvaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Spreading branched
Genus

Abutilon can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, trees, perennials or annuals, with simple or palmately lobed leaves and bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers often with conspicuous stamens

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Thrives in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. Ideal for a protected warm wall or large conservatory. May need winter protection

Propagation

Propagate by softwood and semi-ripe cuttings at any time; hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Sub-tropical
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 9; or pruning group 13 for wall-trained specimens

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs and scale insects

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus (rarely) or a virus

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