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

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Zones 8, 9, 12-27, H1, H2
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Moderate

Abutilon megapotamicum

Flowering Maple
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Vines

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 megapotamicum

Vine-shrub from Brazil. Vigorous growth to 10 ft. tall and wide. Bears arrowlike, 1 1/2–3-in.-long leaves. Flowers resembling red-and-yellow lanterns decorate rangy branches in spring and summer. Pinch branch tips to control size, make bushier. More graceful in detail than in entirety but can be trained to an interesting pattern. Usually best as loose, informal espalier. Good hanging basket plant.

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