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Abutilon, Flowering Maple
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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.
10 - 1
8 - 10
H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-8' / 0.6m - 2.4m (5)
3'-7' / 0.9m - 2.1m (6)
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Gray Green, Dark Green
Tan, Sandy Brown
Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
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