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PlantFiles: Canary Tree, Flowering Maple, Indian Mallow, Velvetleaf
Abutilon chittendenii

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

Synonym:Abutilon chiappardi

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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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

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive snewfield On Feb 6, 2012, snewfield from Charlotte Harbor, FL wrote:

We purchased this tree in 2006, and love it! The blooms are numerous, and the bees take to her flowers in droves. Its hardiness is a blessing since we've endured a number of freezes since its planting; it has also survived a lightening strike which split the trunk and a transplant. Currently we have it staked for she's not yet too sturdy. Can't say a thing negative about it - sure wish we had more than one!

Positive CeeJae On Jan 24, 2012, CeeJae from Wingate, IN wrote:

I Loooove velvetleaf . . . and so do Japanese beetles!! Plant them on purpose in your vegetable garden and the beetles will eat their leaves and not your veggie plants! Velvetleaf - friend, not foe!


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

Debary, Florida
Wingate, Indiana
Little Elm, Texas
Spring, Texas

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