Abutilon, Flowering Maple
Abutilon pictum 'Mardi Gras'

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

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Coral/Apricot

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Chartreuse/Yellow

Mottled

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 23, 2012, janonemillionth from West Sacramento, CA wrote:

This is one of my favorite flowers. My dog picked it out at the nursery. I brought it home and planted it near the compost pile of leaves and other compost materials. It has grown furiously high, which I enjoy because it covers the compost pile near the house behind my bedroom window. So, I bought another one, it grew to about 10 feet high in only less than a year. Since it loves the compost, I think, I bury my dog's compost materials a foot around the base of them now. I think it works for me and my dogs. And, as an added bonus, there are hummingbirds outside my window.