2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS: Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun/partial shade
- Soil: Moist, fertile, well drained
- Growth rate: Medium-fast
- Flowering period: July – September
- Hardiness: H2
- Eventual Height: 1.5 – 2.5m
- Eventual spread: 1.5 – 2.5m
Abutilon Nabob, also known as ‘Red Flowering Maple’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a flowering shrub that belongs to the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen plant that is prized for its beautiful, deep red flowers that bloom throughout the year.
This variety of Abutilon can grow up to 2.5 metres tall with a similar spread. It has a rounded, bushy shape with multiple stems branching out from the base. The leaves are medium-sized, oval-shaped, and have a glossy, dark green colour. The leaves are evergreen in warmer climates and semi-evergreen in colder climates.
The most striking feature of this Abutilon is its deep red flowers that bloom profusely throughout the year. The flowers are bell-shaped, about 10cm wide, and have five petals that are slightly ruffled at the edges. They are borne on long peduncles that arise from the leaf axils.
In summary, this is a beautiful and showy shrub that adds a splash of colour and texture to any garden or landscape. Its red flowers and glossy green foliage make it a popular choice among gardeners, and its easy-going nature makes it an ideal plant for beginners.
How to care for your Abutilon Nabob
- Watering: Prefers consistent moisture, but its soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Water the plant deeply once or twice a week during the growing season, and reduce watering frequency in the Winter months.
- Soil: The plant prefers a well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. You can amend the soil with compost or aged manure to improve its quality.
- Fertiliser: Benefits from regular fertilisation with a balanced fertiliser, especially during the growing season. Apply the fertiliser according to the package instructions, and avoid over-fertilising, which can lead to leaf burn and other issues.
- Sunlight: The plant prefers full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. If you are growing it indoors, place it in a bright, sunny spot near a window.
- Pruning: Pruning is not necessary, but you can trim it back to maintain its size and shape. Prune in the Spring or early Summer before the plant begins to produce new growth.
With proper care, Abutilon Nabob can thrive for many years, adding beauty and colour to your garden or home.