How to Care for Trailing Abutilon (Flowering Maple)

Abutilon megapotamicum, commonly known as Trailing Abutilon or Flowering Maple, is a versatile and attractive plant that adds a touch of tropical flair to any garden. This semi-evergreen shrub is a Plant of Merit that boasts showy flowers and is beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds. In this article, we will discuss the botanical aspects of the Trailing Abutilon, including its ideal growing conditions, care requirements, garden styles, and companion plants. We will also address some frequently asked questions about this beautiful plant. So, let’s dive into the world of Trailing Abutilon and learn how to care for and enjoy this stunning addition to your garden.

Botanical Aspects

Growing Region, Growth Rate, Height, Size, and Spread

Native to Brazil, Trailing Abutilon thrives in USDA hardiness zones 1 through 10. It is a fast-growing plant that can reach a height of 5 to 8 feet (150-240cm) and a spread of 5 to 8 feet (150-240cm). As a semi-evergreen shrub, it retains some foliage throughout the year, adding interest and texture to your garden even during the colder months.


Trailing Abutilon requires average watering to maintain its health and vigor. It is essential to keep the soil consistently moist but well-drained. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering may cause stress and reduced flowering.

Light Care

This plant enjoys full sun to partial sun exposure. Providing at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day will ensure optimal growth and flowering.

Soil Care

Abutilon megapotamicum prefers moist, well-drained soil with a pH ranging from acidic to neutral. It thrives in loam and sandy soil types, which can provide the necessary drainage to prevent root rot.


Pruning is an essential aspect of caring for your Trailing Abutilon. Regular pruning helps maintain the plant’s shape and encourages bushy growth and abundant flowering. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Season and Temperature (Including Hardiness)

As a hardy plant, Trailing Abutilon can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and is suitable for growing in USDA hardiness zones 1 through 10. Although semi-evergreen, it may lose some leaves in colder climates but will bounce back with new growth in the spring.


Trailing Abutilon produces showy, bell-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, red, and orange, often with contrasting veining. These blooms appear from spring to fall, creating a long-lasting display of color in your garden.


While relatively pest-resistant, Trailing Abutilon may be susceptible to common garden pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites. Regular monitoring and early intervention can help keep these pests at bay and protect your plant’s health.

Attracts (Including Tolerance and Resistance)

Abutilon megapotamicum is a favorite among butterflies and hummingbirds, making it an ideal choice for a wildlife-friendly garden. It is also resistant to deer and rabbits, ensuring that your beautiful plant will remain unharmed by these common garden visitors.

Garden Styles

Trailing Abutilon is a versatile plant that suits various garden styles, including Mediterranean gardens, beds and borders, hanging baskets, patio and container gardens, and wall-side borders. Its colorful blooms and tropical appeal make it a standout addition to any garden design.

Companion Plants

When selecting companion plants for Trailing Abutilon, consider plants with similar light and water requirements. Some excellent options include Salvia, Lantana, and Verbena. These plants will complement the flowering maple’s vibrant blooms and create a harmonious garden display.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Trailing Abutilon toxic to pets?

There is no evidence to suggest that Abutilon megapotamicum is toxic to pets. However, it is always best to prevent pets from chewing on plants to avoid any potential health issues.

Can I grow Trailing Abutilon indoors?

Yes, Trailing Abutilon can be grown indoors as a houseplant. Provide it with bright, indirect light and consistent moisture for optimal growth.

How do I propagate Trailing Abutilon?

Trailing Abutilon can be propagated through stem cuttings. Take 4-6 inch cuttings in late spring or early summer, remove the lower leaves, and root them in a mixture of moist perlite and peat moss. Place the cuttings in a bright, indirectly lit area and keep the soil consistently moist until the cuttings establish roots.


Abutilon megapotamicum, or Trailing Abutilon, is a stunning addition to any garden, with its showy flowers, tropical appeal, and versatility in various garden styles. By following the care guidelines outlined in this article, you can enjoy the beauty and charm of this semi-evergreen shrub for years to come. Happy gardening!

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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