abutilon megapotamicum

Abutilon megapotamicum

Plant Profile

One of the prettiest of all of the species is Abutilon megapotamicum originally from Brazil, delicate pendulous yellow flowers suspended beneath a brilliant red calyx. It also happens to be one of the best of all of the Abutilons for the UK climate.

Long flowering and highly hybridized, however we are not sure that any of the hybrids are any better than the species. Sometimes referred to as the 'Flowering Maple', however we are not sure where this comes from. Also called the 'Trailing abutilon' although this is not really accurate either.

Although these pretty plants do like a little warmth to thrive, they also do well in a sheltered position where a well lit microclimate can be established.

This is not a tall growing species, it does have a sprawling habit and will 'self layer' in the right conditions.

Reaching a height of around 1m - 2m in height depending on conditions. Abutilon megapotamicum is an excellent choice for the garden, works well in a container but is doubtful for hanging baskets in the long term.

Little Imp, Variegatum,



A humus rich well drained soil in a position with good sun and perhaps a little afternoon shade, although in the UK full sun is probably ideal is ideal. Extra moisture in dry periods is essential for good flowering. Excellent in a container on a patio, in a conservatory or a sheltered sunny position in the garden in warmer areas.

Pruning will keep the plant compact. Tip pruning is beneficial for prolonged flowering, and older specimens can be hard pruned. An all purpose fertiliser applied regularly will promote strong growth and flowering.

Well drained soils are desired. To maintain healthy growth and vigour a complete balanced fertilised is needed to be applied evenly throughout it's growing season.

Propagation is from semi-hardwood cuttings, Abuti lon megapotamicum will also self layer in the right conditions.


John Allman