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ABUTILON 'Savitzii'

Image of Abutilon 'Savitzii'

James H. Schutte

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

ABUTILON 'Savitzii'

Plant Common Name

Flowering Maple, Parlour Maple

General Description

One of the finest of the variegated flowering maples, 'Savitzii' has greyish blue-green leaves with broad, irregular ivory margins. Mature specimens grow to be bushy, erect evergreen shrubs. Throughout the growing season they produce lots of nodding apricot pink flowers.

Abutilon, commonly called flowering maple, embodies approximately 150 species and many more cultivated varieties. These may be annuals, perennials or shrubs and naturally exist in sub-tropical to tropical regions globally. Many perennial species and shrubs are grown as a tender perennial for containers and annual flower beds. Common hybrid forms arise from crosses between the two parent species, Abutilon darwinii and Abutilon pictum.

While growing conditions are favorable abutilons are usually everblooming. In general, they bear profuse small, showy, hibiscus-like flowers in shades of white, red, yellow and orange. These are tend to be pendulous and may attract hummingbirds, bees, birds or bats, depending on the species. Their leaves are commonly maple-like, evergreen to semi-evergreen, lightly fuzzy and green to gray-green in color.

Overall, abutilons grow best in sites with full to partial sun and rich, soil with good drainage and even moisture. Use is dependent on the species, but many cultivated varieties make fine shrubs for mixed borders or tender bedding plants for containers and flower gardens.

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

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes