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Trees and Shrubs: Abutilon x hybridum 'Souvenir de Bonn'

Botanical name: Abutilon x hybridum 'Souvenir de Bonn'

Common name: Flowering Maple, Variegated 'Souvenir de Bonn'

also known as (Chinese Lantern)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, neutral, sand
Zones: 7a thru 11a

poisonous, butterfly attracting, hummingbird attracting

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description for "Trees and Shrubs: Abutilon x hybridum 'Souvenir de Bonn'"

Also known as Chinese Lantern. This is a relatively fast growing tender shrub native to South America. Abutilons are irresistible to hummingbirds with their showy flowers and heavy nectar production. They will tolerate sun but it is better to grow in some shade in hot climates. Each light green leaf of 'Souvenir de Bonn' is edged with soft cream variegation around the entire leaf. It is very attractive and actually flowers quite a bit, unlike some of the variegated types. This one is sure to brighten any area in which you choose to display it. Large, upright growth habit. Can be used as a shrub or a small tree. In areas where abutilons are not hardy, grow in a conservatory, cool greenhouse or as a houseplant and set them outside during summer. In frost-free areas, train as an espalier or train into a shrub border. Coarse, rangy growth can be controlled by pinching out the branch tips.

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