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ABUTILON megapotamicum

Image of Abutilon megapotamicum

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

ABUTILON megapotamicum

Plant Common Name

Abutilon, Flowering Maple

Special Notice

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General Description

Trailing abutilon is an ever-blooming tender perennial or shrub that bears profuse small, showy, hibiscus-like flowers. A native of Brazil, it has oval or lance-shaped leaves with jagged edges or tiny lobes. It is evergreen to semi-evergreen with lightly fuzzy and green to gray-green foliage. It attains a rounded shape with its spreading, slightly arching and slender branches. In the heat of summer and autumn the branches reveal many pendent flowers that are comprised of a red calyx protecting the small yellow petals.

Trailing abutilon grows best in sites with part-sun and rich, well drained soil with even moisture. In areas that receive heavy winter frosts, it is best not to prune back dead foliage until early spring so that the plant will better establish as a perennial. Use as a container plant, broad informal hedge or in mixed beds and borders. Cultivar 'Variegatum' is particularly lovely with its green and yellow mottled foliage.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-8' / 0.6m - 2.4m (5)

  • Width

    3'-7' / 0.9m - 2.1m (6)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes