Trailing abutilon

Abutilon megapotamicum | Also known as: Abutilon | Rating: 5 votes | Print / Pdf

When Trailing Abutilion flowers, it looks like a parade of tiny people in cute yellow skirts. Sort of.

Abutilon megapotamicum, or the Trailing Abutilion, is a beautiful plant that sports dark green foliage and yellow and red dangling blooms during the summer and autumn months. Admittedly, it is a fairly tricky plant to successfully grow, but nothing that should be beyond the means of the keen amateur gardener. Because it hails from a climate much warmer than that of the UK, this is a plant that needs to be brought inside during the colder months of the year. However, if you plant in containers then it will happily be moved outside during the summer, and looks fabulous growing up a wall or trellis.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-10
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • 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
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Author's choice
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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