AVAILABLE 2019. Now the name Hinton Seedling might lead you to expect something on the small side, but in fact this abutilon will form a medium sized spreading evergreen shrub, ideal for training against a wall or fence, that carries a succession of deep orangey red bell-shaped flowers. Given the right conditions, it will do that for most of the year. Foliage-wise, it's the usual serrated maple like leaves. Hardy to around -5C or perhaps a little more. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 6 feet. 2 litre pot.
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Like others of its kind, Abutilon Hinton Seedling is hardy enough to do well outdoors in a sheltered position, certainly in southern parts of the United Kingdom. Elsewhere, it might require a little protection in winter when the hard frosts kick in.
Pruning is basically a hard cut in spring and lighter cutting back to maintain shape as required during the growing season.
What can work well for abutilons is to have them in a big pot outdoors in summer, then bring them indoors for the winter. That way they will remain in bloom pretty much year-round.
As for the varietal name of Hinton Seedling, we have seen it suggested that it derives from the Hinton family who had a sugar plantation with a notable garden in Madeira. Alternatively, we wonder if it might not be to acknowledge the fact that it was was first raised at Hinton Ampner, an equally notable garden in Hampshire.
Apologies for the poor quality photo - we will take a better one when we get a chance!
Abutilon Hinton Seedling is a half hardy evergreen shrub with orange red bell shaped flowers in summer and autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.