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  • Eventual height: 2m
  • Eventual spread: 2m

Abutilon megapotamicum

flowering maple

RHS award of garden merit
3 lt pot (60cm cane) £24.99

This shrub is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, freely draining
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection in winter)

    An unusual (and very pretty) addition to a sunny, sheltered garden, this Brazilian shrub has slender arching stems that are clothed in large (to 12cm long) fresh green leaves, and bell-shaped red and yellow flowers, throughout the summer and into autumn. It's ideal for growing against a south-facing wall, but it can also be grown in a large pot and overwintered in the conservatory.

  • Garden care: Lightly trim back shoots that spoil the symmetry in mid- or late spring. Water freely during the summer months, but keep drier and protect from low temperatures in winter.