Abutilon, Flowering Maple 'Nabob'

Abutilon pictum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: pictum (PIK-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Nabob



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Centre, Alabama

College, Alaska

Citrus Heights, California

Hilmar, California

Oakland, California

Sacramento, California

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Monica, California

Yorba Linda, California

Littleton, Colorado

Villa Rica, Georgia

New York City, New York

Brookings, Oregon

Florence, Oregon

North Bend, Oregon

Ocean Shores, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

In coastal southern California, these are woody shrubs. Three years ago, we planted two red abutilons in full shade under an overhang on the north side of the house, and two in full sun out in the open. Both were in well-watered, heavy clay. Now the plants in the shade are about six feet tall and seem to be constantly in bloom -- they look great!. The plants in the sun are only about half as tall, and don't look so good. I don't think the problem is too much sun because our summers never get very hot. Rather, the plants in the sun are exposed to a lot more WIND, which is the real bane of abutilons. The leaves on these shrubs are very delicate, and even a stiff breeze can tatter them. Hot, dry winds can also cause wilting and yellowing of the leaves.

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On Nov 10, 2004, jakestick1 from New York, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grows ion Riverside Park NYC still in flower 11/10/04 at 40 degrees


On Oct 6, 2002, armand wrote:

this plant is wonderfull and thanks you very much for your cares. It just needs some water and a good pot, and if your climate is good and sunny ( I live in Nice south of France) it will grow very fast and bloom all year long. Try it you will never have enough!


On Jul 28, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Of all the 'named' varieties of pictum abutilon ..this one is my favourite (o:
Large rich flowers and deep rich foliage colour make 'Nabob' hard to miss.