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Abutilon pictum 'Nabob'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral annlof On Feb 15, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

In coastal southern California, these are woody shrubs. Three years ago, we planted two red abutilons in full shade under an overhang on the north side of the house, and two in full sun out in the open. Both were in well-watered, heavy clay. Now the plants in the shade are about six feet tall and seem to be constantly in bloom -- they look great!. The plants in the sun are only about half as tall, and don't look so good. I don't think the problem is too much sun because our summers never get very hot. Rather, the plants in the sun are exposed to a lot more WIND, which is the real bane of abutilons. The leaves on these shrubs are very delicate, and even a stiff breeze can tatter them. Hot, dry winds can also cause wilting and yellowing of the leaves.

I've found that abution makes a very attractive and long lasting cut flower, especially if you remove some of the leaves around the blossoms.

Positive jakestick1 On Nov 10, 2004, jakestick1 from New York, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grows ion Riverside Park NYC still in flower 11/10/04 at 40 degrees

Positive armand On Oct 6, 2002, armand wrote:

this plant is wonderfull and thanks you very much for your cares. It just needs some water and a good pot, and if your climate is good and sunny ( I live in Nice south of France) it will grow very fast and bloom all year long. Try it you will never have enough!

Positive Abutilon On Jul 28, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Of all the 'named' varieties of pictum abutilon ..this one is my favourite (o:
Large rich flowers and deep rich foliage colour make 'Nabob' hard to miss.


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

Centre, Alabama
College, Alaska
Citrus Heights, California
Hilmar, California
Oakland, California
Sacramento, California
San Anselmo, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Monica, California
Yorba Linda, California
Littleton, Colorado
Villa Rica, Georgia
New York City, New York
Florence, Oregon
North Bend, Oregon
Ocean Shores, Washington

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