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Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' (Trailing Abutilon)

Trailing Abutilon 'Variegatum', Flowering Maple 'Variegatum', Brazilian Bell-Flower 'Variegatum', Abutilon vexillarium 'Variegatum', Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegata', Variegatum Chinese Lanterns, Variegated Chinese Lanterns


Spectacular, Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' (Trailing Abutilon) is a semi-evergreen shrub bearing pendant, bell-shaped flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a red calyx protecting its yellow petals. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost, they decorate the plant with a profusion of blossoms resembling Chinese lanterns. Butterflies and hummingbirds feast on them. Providing a neat contrast, the variegated foliage of heart-shaped, slender pointed leaves is flecked with golden yellow spots and lines the gracefully arching branches. This Abutilon has more lax growth than most other abutilons, so is ideally suited to growing as a wall shrub. An equally lovely addition to beds and borders, decorative containers or hanging baskets.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 2-6 ft. tall (60-180 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in evenly moist, rich, well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location if grown outdoors. Appreciates afternoon shade in hottest climates.
  • Perfect for beds and borders or containers.
  • Pinch the branch tips to make the plant bushier or control its size.
  • Propagate by seed in spring or by softwood cuttings
  • Native to Brazil

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Abutilon
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 6' (60cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Abutilon
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 6' (60cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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