Abutilon, Flowering Maple
Abutilon 'Dwarf Red'

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year




Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Carlsbad, California

Gilroy, California

Ripon, California

San Leandro, California

Ventura, California

Columbia, South Carolina

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 17, 2008, pyromomma from Columbia, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew wonderfully in a pot in my yard, kept moist but not overly so. High light and hot - it doubled in size between July and Nov. Still blooming in Nov. at 38 degrees F. , though I bring it in when it freezes.

Light: Full sun exposure (a southern window) is best. East or west windows would be the next choice. They are high light plants that need direct sunlight for flowering and compact growth.

Temperature: Keep temperatures above 40 degrees as an indoor container plant. Under warmer temperatures, grow in high light, as they are rapid growers and will stretch if light is low and temperatures warm.

Humidity: Preferably 50% or higher; however, they will tolerate low levels with no harm.

Watering: Bring the soil to ... read more


On Jan 27, 2008, GrowinEngrGirl from Pocatello, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:

I got two on clearance from Lowe's at the end of the season. I planted them and they thrived, flowering continuously for nearly 3 years. Then, sadly, we got several consecutive days well below our normal lows (we got a good hard freeze) and they kicked the bucket. They had survived several frosts however. I'll replace them and be better prepared for freak weather next time!