Chinese Bell Flower 'Ashford Red'

Abutilon 'Ashford Red' | Also known as: Chinese Lantern 'Ashford Red', Indian Mallow 'Ashford Red' | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

This is the family name for a large number of sub-species of varying sizes, colour and shape. Depending on the type you choose, Abutilon, or the Chinese Bell Flower, can differ in size. It sports five-petalled, generally bell shaped flowers that tend to bloom during the summer and autumn. They are quite easy to cultivate, however most are unable to cope with the British winters, so are most often seen grown indoors or in a conservatory. But they can happily be moved outside during the warmer months of the year.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3
Spread [m]
  • 3
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Erect
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-10
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years