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Abutilon ‘Victor Reiter’

Abutilon

Flowering Maple

<i>Abutilon</i> ‘Victor Reiter’

Victor Reiter, the late well-known San Francisco plantsman, is paid homage through the spectacularly large blooms festooning his namesake. Amongst lush maple-shaped dark evergreen foliage, unopened buds, resembling miniature chartreuse pumpkins, give way to tangerine-colored, hibiscus-like flowers held by decorative yellow-green calyxes. The commanding show begs a prominent, even elevated position; stage it under taller trees, against a warm sheltered wall or as a container specimen in cooler climates. Adored by hummingbirds and plant aficionados, this Abutilon’s tailored yet vigorous habit craves well-drained adequately moist soil plus periodic pruning.

Blooms April–November

Size: 8' 0" high x 5' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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