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Abutilon x hybridum, Flowering Maple, Weeping Maple,Chinese Lantern
Abutilon 'Fireball'

Abutilon x hybridum

Flowering Maple, Weeping Maple,Chinese Lantern
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: South America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Abutilon x hybridum (Flowering Maple) is a large shrub native to South America that can reach heights of 5-10 feet tall. It has a natural trellis-like shape with maple-like foliage and drooping, lantern-like blooms in white, yellow, pink or red in spring. This plant is a great magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds, and is easy to care for.

Abutilon x hybridum prefers full sun to semi-shade and regular watering. It should be pruned in early spring and pinched tips to keep bushy. It is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11, and mature plants can endure temperatures in the low 30s F for a short time.

For growing Abutilon x hybridum in a pot in cold regions, it is best to move the pot to a sheltered location during the winter months, as the pot will freeze faster than the ground. Make sure to select a large enough pot with plenty of drainage holes and use a soil that provides good drainage. Be sure to check the soil moisture often, as Abutilon x hybridum will need more water during cold temperatures. If the soil dries out too much, the plant may suffer. When temperatures dip below 30 degrees F, it is best to provide a light layer of mulch to protect the roots.





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Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle

Acacia mangium

Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Acacia mangium grows up to 30m tall, often with a straight trunk.

Phyllodes lanceolate or ovate, conspicuously veined, light or dark green; flower-heads rod-like, white, sparse, on hairy peduncles about 1 cm long; pods long, slender, coiled or twisted and contorted. Its uses include environmental management and wood.



Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle
Acacia mangium, Mangium Wattle, Black Wattle, Hickory Wattle


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Acacia sp., Prickly Moses, Khair

Acacia sp.

Prickly Moses, Khair
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pale yellow flowers in short spikes.

Grows well in dry climates. Water occasionally, will tolerate mild droughts. Grows well in most soil types and will stand salt spray.





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Acalypha hispida, Cat Tail, Chenille Plant, Red Hot Cattail, Foxtail, Red Hot Poker

Acalypha hispida

Cat Tail, Chenille Plant, Red Hot Cattail, Foxtail, Red Hot Poker
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: East Indies
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Acalypha hispida grows as a large shrub 5-10 feet tall. If trimmed, it can be grown as a hedge or even maintained at a low height shrubs. The plant produces flowers in a variety of shades, including the traditional cat tail red, as well as pink, white, off-white, and crimson or vinous colored varieties. The shrub blooms year round in warmer climates and spring through fall in cooler climates, producing masses of long, bright inflorescences that hang down and give rise to its popular name of "Cat Tails". The brightly colored pendulous tassels are extremely showy. This is a tough and versatile plant which is salt-tolerant and seaside-resistant, and can withstand temperatures down to the 30s F for a short period of time.Acalypha hispida can typically be grown in USDA Zones 9-11.

When growing Acalypha hispida in zones cooler than zone 9, the plant should be grown in a pot and brought in for the winter to a cold, but not freezing, area. The soil should be kept moist, and fertilizer should be used sparingly, but may be beneficial from April to August. Acalypha hispida should be pruned often to maintain a healthy shape and prevent overgrowth. To encourage flowering, the new growth should be trimmed during the winter months.





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Acalypha hispida - Cat tail, Chenille plant

Cat tail, Chenille plant - very popular everbloomer...  more

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
2 Plants in stock
$32.95

Acalypha hispida Alba - White Cat Tail

Extremely rare cultivar of Cat Tail with white flowers....  more

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
4 Plants in stock
$17.95


Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus, Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear

Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus

Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: Central America, Caribbean
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

Acanthocereus tetragonus is a tall, columnar cactus that reaches a height of 2-7 m. Flowers are open from midnight until dawn, attracting hummingbird moths.

Acanthocereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castles' is a dwarf, columnar, branching, slow growing cactus. The Fairy Castles Cactus is the colorful name by which the plant is marketed and refers to the numerous vertical stems of different heights that resemble spires and turrets.



Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus, Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear
Acanthocereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castles'
Acanthocereus tetragonus, Acanthocereus pentagonus, Night-blooming Cereus, Barbed-wire Cactus, Sword-pear
Acanthocereus tetragonus 'Fairy Castles'


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