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Abutilon, Flowering Maple
Abutilon 'Red Gum Drop'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Gum Drop



Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

San Leandro, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 12, 2013, isom from Mission BC
Canada (Zone 8b) wrote:

Amazing that you have 2 that are over 20 years old! Do you have any photos of the trunk of these abutilons, Kell?


On Jul 1, 2010, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Most Abutilons are evergreen unless they get too cold in winter then they become deciduous only to regrow their leaves when it warms up. Most will tolerate temps down to 20 degrees with no damage to stems and even to 15 degrees though they do suffer total leaf loss. Some have fuzzy leaf undersides, which really helps keep bugs off specifically white fly which seems to love these. So try to pick the fuzzy leafed ones to help make them bug resistant. Snails and slugs also feast upon their leaves with great gusto quickly making them most unattractive.

These will flower almost continuously unless the weather turns too cold. Hummingbirds are frequent visitors and you can quickly establish a hummingbird garden if you plant a few in various locations.

Most will becom... read more