Floral Friday: Flowering Maple

Flowering Maple, or Abutilon, is an annual that I overwinter indoors and sporadically rewards me with flowers. (It blooms more steadily when it grows outdoors.) This hybrid, blooming now, features a bloom that reminds me of a hibiscus. I have also grown varieties with bell-shaped flowers.

This hybrid is hardy to USDA Zone 9 (20 to 30 degrees F) and can grow to 36 inches tall. This is the first winter that I've brought this specific plant indoors but the older variety I have (on it's second winter vacationing indoors) is close to 48 inches tall. These plants prefer full sun but they also tolerate part sun.


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