Abutilon John Thompson


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SKU: abutilon-john-thompson Category:
Common Name: Flowering Maple, Chinese Lantern
Size: 2-3 Litre
Hardiness: H2
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Sheltered Location
  • Soil: Well Drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: May to November
  • Hardiness: H2
  • Eventual Height: 1.5m
  • Eventual Spread: 1m

Abutilon John Thompson, also known ‘Flowering Maple’, is a cultivar of Abutilon, a genus of flowering plants in the Malvaceae family. This plant is highly valued for its beautiful, showy flowers and attractive foliage, making it a popular choice among gardeners.

This is a medium-sized shrub that can grow up to 1.5 metres tall and 1 metre wide. It has a bushy, upright growth habit and produces lush, green leaves that are roughly heart-shaped and deeply veined. The leaves are about 5 to 10 cm long and have a slightly hairy texture.

What really sets Abutilon John Thompson apart, though, are its stunning flowers. They are large and bell-shaped, and come in a bright, sunny yellow colour. The petals are delicately ruffled at the edges, and the centre of the flower is adorned with a cluster of prominent stamens. The flowers bloom in abundance from Spring to early Autumn, and can continue blooming sporadically throughout the year.

Overall, this is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that is sure to add a pop of colour and interest to any garden or indoor space. Its stunning flowers and attractive foliage make it a popular choice among gardeners and horticulturists alike.

How to care for your Abutilon John Thompson

  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water thoroughly and allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid letting the soil completely dry out, as this can cause leaf drop.
  • Fertiliser: Fertilise once a month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser.
  • Pruning: Prune to maintain its shape and to promote bushy growth. Prune in the Spring before new growth appears.
  • Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years, or when the plant becomes root-bound. Use a well-draining potting mix and a pot that is one size larger than the current pot.

By following these tips, you can help keep your Abutilon John Thompson healthy and thriving.