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Abutilon vitifolium


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.

Common Name: Flowering Maple

Family: Malvaceae (The Mallow Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Lavender

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Semi-evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Open places in warm temperate forests.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin:

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