Although the flowering maple (Abutilon hybridum) may be grown outdoors in warmer regions (Hardiness Zone 8), it is most often grown as a house plant. The flowering maple is not really a maple at all. That common name is derived from their maple-shaped leaves. The Abutilon is also commonly known as a Chinese bellflower or a Chinese lantern. The blooming season for most Abutilons is from April through September, but they will often flower periodically through the winter as well if given sufficient light. Flowering Maples prefer a window location with lots of sun. Keep evenly moist, not wet or dry. Fertilize once a month, spring through fall with a general purpose house plant food. Trim as needed.
Variegatum Abutilon produces mottled gold and green leaves with flowers that are decorated with buttery yellow petals and fire engine red calyxes to make a stunning combination! Flowering maples are grown as annuals or houseplants in most parts of the country. They thrive in full sun or light shade and most any type of soil if its kept moist and well drained. Abutilon can also be grown as an upright plant, or with regular pinching as a unique container plant. Commonly called: megapotamicum, Flowering-maple, Chinese Lantern