Red Flowering Maple
Abutilon x hybridum 'Vesuvius Red'
Full sun, Partial sun
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||Despite the common name which refers to the maple like leaves, Abutilon is not related to maples.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Fast grower to 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring through Fall|
|Design Ideas||Plant atop a bank or alongside steps, allowing a view of the hanging flowers from below. When planted behind lower-growing shrubs in a border, it will emerge gracefully above and through them. Makes a superb espalier against a plain wall or a container plant on a deck or patio. Keep its rangy form in check by cutting back its branches by a third and removing misplaced ones.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Espalier|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Hummingbirds, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Fast Growing|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||This Abutilon pairs beautifully with Licorice Plant (Helichrysum petiolatum). Its bright red, bell-like flowers will arch up and over the whitish green leaves of the Helichrysum. Also an excellent companion for dense, low-growing, evergreen shrubs placed near its base, such as Harbour Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica 'Harbour Dwarf'), Wood's Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo (N. domestica 'Wood's Dwarf') or Dwarf Box-Leafed Barberry (Berberis buxifolia 'Nana').|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune semi-annually to maintain topiary form.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11