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PlantFiles: Abutilon, Flowering Maple
Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: pictum (PIK-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Thompsonii

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive phase2682 On Feb 9, 2015, phase2682 from Roseville, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Abutilon grows well on my east facing as well as north facing walls. The north facing wall was particularly challenging since the late afternoon/early evening sun (100* +) in the summer fries any other plant that can handle the shade of the rest of the day. Abutilon handles this really well with beautiful flowers as long as it gets adequate moisture; this is not a drought tolerant plant. Be careful when buying this plant: they vary widely in height and not always labeled well at the nursery. But don't keep this from trying this plant.

Positive lratt On Apr 10, 2014, lratt from Wheatland, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

We have three that are in the ground all year long. Unfortunately this year our orange one is not doing so well. Bark split really badly on it. Any ideas? We live northeast of Sacramento in Wheatland Ca. Thanks.

Positive wheatwidow On May 4, 2009, wheatwidow from Sallisaw, OK wrote:

I grew this plant off and on for many years as a houseplant in eastern South Dakota. I usually summered it outside in a semi-shady area then brought it back in for winter. It did very well inside the house during winter, even with the lack of humidity due to the forced air furnace. I grew it once from seed and the other times from cuttings, which was the easier way to quicker results! The only insect trouble it had was with spider mites every now and then.

Positive Beckyt2000 On May 4, 2009, Beckyt2000 from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I live in Minnesota. This is my 3rd year with my Maple love it and it grows like crazy during our hot humid summers and I bring it in during winter to a south window. Not growing in height real fast. 1st year I had it I used it in a hanging basket. My sister in Boston also grows them. The only problem I have is the leaves turn yellow very easy.

Positive hortims On Feb 28, 2009, hortims from Sacramento, CA wrote:

This is a great Abutilon. Barely had whitefly (they usually love Abutilon). Bought as a 4 inch and it grew rapidly. Third summer here in Sacramento and it is almost 9 ft high tall. Spindly if you don't prune to control shape. The thing bloomed almost all winter! I have it a mrning and early afternoon sun. They do like the water.

Positive hanna1 On Jul 7, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

performs best using a high nitrogen fertilizer, slow-release once a season, or water soluble twice a month. plant in rich, well drained potting soil. hardy to 28 degree f. My description shows can grow 8-16'.

Positive jkom51 On Nov 11, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Here in zone 9 coastal Nor. Cal. this is an outstanding plant that deserves to be more widely planted than the duller, ordinary-looking green-leaved abutilons. Heavy yellow spotting makes this plant glow; the salmon-colored flowers contrast beautifully. People rave when they see this plant. It has a lovely, airy shape -- I have it staked as it tends to go horizontal as it ages. I planted a 1-gall plant in March; it bloomed immediately and is still blooming profusely in November. It has tripled in size and came thru a recent hard rain/high winds in perfect shape.

Addendum July 2003: Just uploaded a more recent picture which shows the overall shape of this attractive shrub

Neutral eyesoftexas On Aug 14, 2001, eyesoftexas from Toadsuck, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:

This foilage plant is often grown in a greenhouse or conservatory as a "dot" plant in a summer edding display. This plant is grown with a single upright stem from which arises maple-like, midgreen leaves heavily mottled and splashed with creamy-yellow.

Cultivation: Plant in fertile, moisture retentive soil, as soon as all risk of frost has passed.

Propagation: During midsummer, take 3-4 inch cuttings, and insert them in equal parts moist peat and sharp sand; place in 61`F. When rooted, pot up into loam based compost and overwinter in
a frost proof location.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prescott, Arizona
Cameron Park, California
Castro Valley, California
Citrus Heights, California
Foothill Farms, California
Fortuna, California
Fremont, California
Hayward, California
Hemet, California
Merced, California
Oakland, California
Roseville, California
Sacramento, California
Salinas, California
San Francisco, California (2 reports)
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Ana, California
Stockton, California
Vista, California
Wheatland, California
Crawfordville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Thomasville, Georgia
Winchester, Massachusetts
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Elmira, New York
New York City, New York
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Desoto, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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