Abutilon, Flowering Maple
Abutilon 'Jermyns'

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

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Porthleven,

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 11, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite shrubs, alongside Lavatera 'Barnsley' and L. maritima. It is really halfway between a tree and a shrub,sometimes with one trunk, sometimes with many.

In my garden in Cornwall, UK., it flowers once in May and again in September, but in Southampton - which has a shorter growing season - it only flowered in May.

Like the lavateras, it is often short-lived - most of mine died after their second flowering, but one lived for five years and was doing well when I moved house. Signs of imminent death are smaller leaves and brown stains along the branches.

I think it does best in dappled shade, moist, well-drained soil and shade around the base. All dead wood should be cut out regularly, and top growth pruned back by 3 fee... read more