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Trailing Abutilon, Flowering Maple, Chinese Lanterns 'Sunset'

Abutilon megapotamicum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: megapotamicum (meg-uh-poh-TAM-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunset




Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year




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:

By dividing the rootball

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Burlingame, California

Carmel, California

Citrus Heights, California

Forest Knolls, California

Huntington Beach, California

Igo, California

Monterey, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Geneseo, Illinois

Highland Park, Illinois

Houston, Texas

Spring, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 29, 2011, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

A tough plant despite it's fragile appearance. This plant will flower all year round if condition are right for it, although in colder winters flowers tend not to last.

Here in western UK, Abutilon megapotamicum is a dependable, hardy plant, which is perfectly suited to our damp but mild climate in well drained soil


On Aug 22, 2010, Lovesumsun from Geneseo, IL wrote:

I purchased in northern Wisconsin where they said it was a type of fuschia! Also said can keep over winter as a houseplant. I live in NW Illinois and it has performed beautifully and grown into a cascading plant in a hanging basket by itself. I want to take in for the winter, no greenhouse. My plan is to adjust it to inside gradually this fall by keeping inside at night and taking back out in the day. Once it is inside for good I will put it in a northern window right behind where it grew outside. If it does not seem to be happy there I will move it to an indirect southern exposure. (I have no E or W windows!) Will watch it for any signs of bugs like whitefly etc. I think this will look absolutely stunning during the holidays dressed up in a nice pot.
Wish me luck!


On May 15, 2006, droughtlover from Igo, CA wrote:

Survives in my zone 7 garden, especially in protected sites near the house. Reportedly may freeze to the ground in my climate, but should recover from the roots. Easy to propagate by division. Flowers are very nice, unique, vivid colors. I will be training some new plants against my house as an espalier. In this location I can keep other tender-ish plants alive such as pelargoniums, elephant ears, philodendrons. Pinch generously to promote bushiness; can become gangly without pinching.


On Mar 29, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I saw this plant growing extremely well in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Of course that doesn't help me, or anyone else living in the United States, but for those of you with English-style climates (Pacific Northwest, perhaps?), this plant might be absolutely spectacular. The one I saw was 6 to 8 feet tall.


On Mar 29, 2005, RitaV from Huntington Beach, CA wrote:

Has been in my garden for 2 years now. Needs occassional pruning but only comes back more glorious. In a sheltered and lightly shaded location near my front door. Absolutely pest free and needs little care. My favorite!!