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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
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
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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