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botanical name:
Abutilon vitifolium
Abutilon vitifolium © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Flowering Maple
family:  Malvaceae
characteristics: shrub
height: 4.00m
width: 2.50m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: mauve
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -2°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Fairly hardy species will survive outdoors in mild areas, where it will quickly become a large upright shrub. Palmate leaves with 3 or 5 lobes covered with short white hairs. Mauve or lavender-blue bowl shaped flowers.

Needs a warm, sheltered, sunny position and moderately fertile, well drained soil. Pinching back shoots will encourage branching and increase flower production. Cut back long stems in spring, as necessary.

Best from seed as cuttings are difficult to root.

other notes:
pronounced: a-BEW-tih-lon vi-tee-FOW-lee-um

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