Flowering Maple - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by yogihelen
April 29, 2010
Ipurchased this plant and needing advise. Is it a shrub,and how and when do I prune it? Iwant to plant it in front of my archway of my house,but if it grows to be shaped and as big I can't.Do they usually get 6ft. wide and 25ft. tall? Please give me a lot of info on this plant,as I have never seen it before. If it is a tree why does it have 3 different parts of the plant in the pot? Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
April 29, 2010

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Flowering maple is Abutilon and while it may look like a maple, it's actually from the mallow family. In warm winter climates is will grow into a lovely bush; in areas with cold winters, it's best grown in a container and taken indoors before the first frost. It can reach 4-6 feet tall and wide at maturity. I don't think it is a suitable plant for you to plant in the ground in your gardening region but you can certainly plant it in a decorative contaienr and set it in front of your archway. Then take it indoors in the fall and let it grow as a houseplant during the winter months, taking it back outdoors in the spring. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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