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Abutilon vitifolium
Common Name: Flowering Maple Family: Malvaceae (The Mallow Family)

I gasped when I first saw this in bloom at Heronswood one cool April day. This plant seemed too delicate to grace a garden in our region. Yet this Chilean shrub, with its large and exquisite open cups of lavender to white flowers in April and May, is hardier than many realize (mine survived winter 2004 just fine). Full sun is best and sharply draining soil is imperative.


Native Habitat:
Open places in warm temperate forests.

ClassSemi-evergreen Primary Bloom ColourLavender
TypeShrub Secondary Bloom Colour
Height6-10' Bloom TimeSpring - Summer
Spread3-5' FragranceNo
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Part Shade Part Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Dry Stem Colour
Hardiness8 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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