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Abutilon ‘Souvenir de Bonn’

Flowering maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to November
  • Height0.5m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourPink with purple veins
  • Leaf ColourVariegated cream and dark green

Description

Abutilon ‘Souvenir de Bonn’ (Flowering maple). The few flowers this Abutilon produces are pink with purple veins and pendulous. The foliage is variegated and dark green with cream margins. The leaves are broader, more like actual Maple leaves. The sepals are edged in gold.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Brazil, Argentina

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers but mainly for its striking foliage.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Abutilon are frost hardy to frost tender, min 5-7C. They need full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. In the growing season, young plants may need tip pruning to promote bushy growth. Mature specimens may have previous season's stems, so cut back annually in early spring. Tie lax-growing species to a support if necessary. Keep under glass in full light and water freely. Water containerised specimens freely when in full growth, less at other times.

Propagation

Propagate Abutilon by seed in spring or by softwood, greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly, red spider mite and mealy bug.

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