Trailing Abutilon, Flowering Maple, Chinese Lanterns 'Variegatum'

Abutilon megapotamicum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: megapotamicum (meg-uh-poh-TAM-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatum



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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



Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

San Diego, California

Santa Rosa, California

Snellville, Georgia

Clarksville, Tennessee

Spring, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 14, 2011, Terri1948 from Yorkshire

I had several of this plant growing as a small hedge. It survived during mild Winters here in the UK but in 2009 I lost most of them because of severe frosts (down to -15 in our area). Last year we had a repeat of severe frosts and the one remaining plant died. I would advise frost protection or bringing it into an unheated greenhouse in areas that have hard frosts.


On Nov 25, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acquired as a plug plant from Mair & Thompson in the UK circa 1999. Currently in a large pot and outside during frosts to -4C, looking OK. It has been kept in a cold green house over winter, and doesn't lose all its leaves. Flowers start in early spring and continue thru most of the year, albeit only a few at a time. Foliage attractive with large yellow blotches. Older branches remain bare, and hang in an arched fashion. New growth will eventually start to thicken up the middle. Can be grown against a warm wall as a semi-climber, but attractive as a spray effect if given a suitable height. Said to be slightly tender, grown properly possibly quite hardy.