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PlantFiles: Abutilon, Flowering Maple
Abutilon 'Melon Sorbet'

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

9 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)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
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

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jpaczkowski0 On Feb 11, 2011, jpaczkowski0 from Houston, TX wrote:

Fast-growing small tree. Perfect for containers by the pool or in the garden where it won't get too much full sun (here in Houston). Can trim it back for a more compact look and it just keeps growing and blooming! Beautiful orange-veined, yellow flowers that don't open all the way appear on new growth. I have planted 2 of these in my yard that gets filtered sun all day, with 2 large live oak trees shading them. They don't need much care, but did have to stake the younger one with our hurricane winds. Very easy to keep in shape and has an open growth habbit. Beautiful flowers always grab the attention of anyone who sees them. Doesn't really seem to need much attention in terms of water and fertilizer. Mine have never drooped or had any issues. During the brief freezes we have, the leaves shrivel up and may fall off, but it always shoots out more in the spring.

Positive PamelaQ On Mar 25, 2008, PamelaQ from Navarre, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a great performer. It blooms year round here. I have it growing in the shade of a live oak tree. The blooms appear on new growth, so cutting it down to 2 or 3 feet help to encourage a bushier effect when it starts to look gangly in the middle.
While the other decidious looking trees dropped their leaves for winter, this tree kept green leaves year round.

Positive hanna1 On Dec 16, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Perform best using a high nitrogen fertilizer, slow release once a season or water soluble twice a month. Plant in rich, well-dranied potting soil. Lovely in hanging baskets, window boxes and containers. Easy to grow with a bushy habit. hibiscus-like flowers all season.

Positive trois On Jul 24, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is very tolerant of excess watering. It has some wilt in very hot conditions, but recovers quickly. Beautiful blooms. We provide shade during the middle of the day.


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

Daphne, Alabama
Castro Valley, California
Pacifica, California
Alachua, Florida
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Hawthorne, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake Wales, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Thomasville, Georgia
Ainaloa, Hawaii
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
College Station, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Santa Fe, Texas
Lynnwood, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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