Abutilon vitifolium | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Abutilon: the saucer shaped flowers might be just your cup of tea.

Abutilon vitifolium is a large and attractive shrub. It can grow up to 8m high and 5m wide. A great space filler if you have a blank area of the garden. The leaves are dark green and look rather like maple-leaves. The saucer-shaped flowers grow in abundance all over the plant and are purple in colour. It grows well in most conditions as long as it gets some sun, although partial shade is fine. The flowers are edible and are slightly sweet. They'll make an unusual addition to a summer salad. It's easy to grow and gets established quickly.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey or silver
Foliage in summer
  • Grey or silver
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey or silver
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-9
Heat zone
  • H9-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - -1
Heat days
  • 90 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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