Flowering Maple

3 Mar

Flowering Maple (Abutilon), 4-8 ft., many cultivars and colors, part shade, blooms most of the year, attracts hummingbirds.

Most flowering maples planted today are cultivars from South American species selected for flower color and foliage character. Widely planted in Asian and woodland garden settings where their elegant and colorful flowers are highly valued . Flowering maples grow well in coastal and mild microclimate locations sheltered from freezing temperatures. They thrive in rich soils with regular moisture.

Abutilon hybrids

The best-known flowering maples are in this group. Upright, arching growth to 8-10 ft. tall and wide. Broad maplelike leaves. Drooping bell-like flowers in white, yellow, pink, or red. Main bloom season is spring, but white and yellow forms flower almost continually. Many hybrids are available, including dwarf varieties and ones with more spreading habits

 

Abutilon megapotamicum

Vine-shrub from Brazil. Vigorous growth to 10 ft. tall and wide. Bears arrowlike, 1 1/2 –3-in.-long leaves. Flowers resembling red-and-yellow lanterns decorate rangy branches in spring and summer. Pinch branch tips to control size, make bushier. More graceful in detail than in entirety but can be trained to an interesting pattern. Usually best as loose, informal espalier. Good hanging basket plant.

 

Abutilon palmeri

A sprawling evergreen shrub from the low deserts of western North America, it grows 3–5 ft. tall and wide. Clustered spring flowers are orange-yellow. Attractive gray-green leaves are soft, velvety, heart-shaped to roundish, 6 in. wide and 8 in. long. Needs little water.

 

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