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Trailing Abutilon, Flowering Maple, Chinese Lanterns
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)
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year




Other details:

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

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Montgomery, Alabama

Citrus Heights, California

Fremont, California

San Jose, California

Stanford, California

Winter Springs, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Saint Helens, Oregon

Houston, Texas

Spring, Texas

Puyallup, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 10, 2005, gingern from Irvine, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Abutilons need plenty of room to grow - they get very wide. Great in a large mixed container with something tall and spikey. Heavy feeders.


On Jan 2, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
This is a very interesting flowering annual here. The blooms resemble small brightly colored Chinese lanterns. The foliage is green with clear yellow spotting. Unfortunately here it seems to be a magnet for whitefly. It is best used in mixed pots or hanging baskets. To winter over here it has to be moved into the greenhouse and closely watched for whitefly. But have given up on trying to winter over because of this attraction to insects. Good luck with your attempts.