Abutilon, Flowering Maple 'White'


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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Albertville, Alabama

Citrus Heights, California

Long Beach, California

Norwalk, California

San Leandro, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 3, 2006, jills from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I second the comment that this will grow well in shade. It blooms for me almost year-round and looks fabulous against a dark brown fence. The leaves get a little ratty looking in extreme heat and it's subject to aphids, but it always bounces back after a vigorous pruning. It can be easily pruned into a standard, but it's necessary to cut back branches once or twice a year or they will get leggy.


On Aug 25, 2004, daisyavenue from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Abutilons are great in the ground, in containers on the patio or grown indoors. It will grow proportionally to the size of pot in which it is planted.

This particular abutilon is nice because of the evergreen foliage and simple white petals. It will thrive in bright shade without direct sun and provise a nice backdrop for other white bloomers and tropicals.


On Feb 29, 2004, RichSwanner from Citrus Heights, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Another Monterey Bay Nursery winner. White fading to a touch of pinkish creame at the end , makes for a stylish and hardy ever-bloomer. Down to 25f ,yet tropical in looks. Malvaceae family,has the same Hibiscus-like qualitiy, but the lasting ability to stay in bloom for a week or more.A great addition in white.