Flowering Maple

Abutilon spp.

Indian Mallow, Parlour Maple, Chinese Bell Flower, Chinese Lantern, Velvet Leaf

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Originally from tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, Abutilon species can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, trees, perennials or annuals. They have simple or palmately lobed leaves - similar to maple leaves, and are consequently sometimes called 'flowering maples'. They have bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers, often with conspicuous stamens. In frost-prone areas, grow under glass.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Make 10-15cm long cuttings and remove leaves from the bottom half as well as all the flowers from the cutting. Dip in rooting hormone powder and keep moist in sandy soil mix.

Special features

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

Produces attractive blooms.

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Africa, AsiaNorth and South America, Australia

Natural climate

Subtropical coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Malvaceae

Flower colour

Red, Orange, Yellow, Multicoloured

Scent

None
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