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Friday, May 10, 2013

Abutilon (Flowering Maple)

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Abutilon megapotamicum (aka Flowering Maple)

This is a plant I bought last year at Plant Delights. Abutilons are popular plants for containers and I had never heard of anyone growing them in the ground. At Plant Delights Nursery, they were perfectly happy and healthy in the ground. There are cold hardy varieties that do fine thought and this one survived the winter, even planted on the north side of the house. They are native to Brazil and related to the Hibiscus family. It is loaded with blooms at the moment. Planted in mostly shade, it has produced stalks that have shot up to 2 ft. (they grow 8 ft. tall in their native country and rarely get past 5 ft. here).

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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