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Abutilon hybridum 'Yellow'

Yellow Flowering Maple
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush, Patio Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 8-10' x 8-10'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Upright
  • Native To:
  • Asia
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Yellow
  • Bloom Time:
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Screen, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, 12" Deco Pot, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 8, 9, 12-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 9b


This lovely shrub is most loved for its showy bell-shaped yellow flowers. The branches tend upright, with an arching shape. A quick grower, specimens may reach 8-10 feet in height and width and respond well to spring pruning. Hardy to 25°F, they crave moderate to regular watering, excellent drainage and full sun with afternoon shade suggested in the hottest regions. The large 3-inch blooms pepper the attractive foliage from spring through fall and sometimes year-round. The discerning eye will also be drawn to the handsome maple-shaped leaves. The flower shape resembles that of a Chinese lantern, hence the common name. As the long-lasting blossoms have a tendency to look downward, Abutilons make excellent subjects for hanging baskets, espaliers, or containers. This is a dependable flowering shrub that has enchanted more than a few, including those of the hummingbird and butterfly extraction! How lucky we are to have easy access to Abutilons that were once considered a prized species carefully nurtured by Victorian horticulturalists in their climate-controlled conservatories.