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Abutilon (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Abutilon (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Abutilon hybrids

Flowering Maple, Chinese Bellflower
Malvaceae
Annuals, Evergreen, Shrubs

ABUTILON

Native to warm regions around the world, especially South America. Grows anywhere as an annual. Planted primarily for its showy flowers. Good drainage is essential. Control whitefly and scale insects. In cold-winter climates, can be grown as potted plants; keep indoors in winter, put out on terrace or patio in summer.

Abutilon hybrid ‘Fairy Coral Red’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Abutilon hybrid ‘Fairy Coral Red’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Abutilon hybrids

Grown as a shrub in zones 8, 9, 12–27, H1, and H2, and anywhere as an annual. The best-known flowering maples are in this group. Upright, arching growth to 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Broad maplelike leaves. Drooping bell-like flowers in white, yellow, pink, or red. Main bloom season is spring, but white and yellow forms flower almost continually. Many hybrids are available, including dwarf varieties and ones with more spreading habits.

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