Abutilon

Abutilon ochsenii | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Abutilon ochsenii is a shrub, native to Chile. It likes dappled shade and will grow in most types of soil as long as it is fairly moist. It will cope well in soil that isn't well-drained. The flowers are edible, they have a slightly sweet taste. It isn't a very hardy species, it will need protection from strong cold winds, and it could be in trouble if the temperature drops below 10C. However, if it does die back in cold weather, it is likely to grow back the next year. It grows an abundance of flowers. It's a good idea to start growing this species in a greenhouse then plant it out in the spring following the first winter, once the frosts have gone.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-10
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
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