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[New Latin Abutilon, genus name, from Medieval Latin abutilon, a kind of plant used to treat wounds, from medieval scientific Arabic 'abūṭīlūn, folk-etymological alteration of earlier 'ūbūṭīlūn, 'awbūṭīlūn (taken as 'abū, father, source + Andalusian Arabic ṭaylūn, toad), ultimately from misreading of Syriac 'arqṭī'ūn, 'arqūṭī'ūn, partly from Greek arkion, burdock (probably from arkein, to suffice, endure, from its tenacious burs ) and partly from Greek arktion, the plant Inula candida (burdock and Inula candida often being treated together in medieval botanical works).]


(Plants) any shrub or herbaceous plant of the malvaceous genus Abutilon, such as the flowering maple, that have showy white, yellow, or red flowers
[C18: New Latin from Arabic]

flow′ering ma′ple

any shrub of the genus Abutilon, of the mallow family, having large, bright-colored flowers.
Also called abutilon.
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Noun1.abutilon - herbs or shrubs or small trees: flowering mapleAbutilon - herbs or shrubs or small trees: flowering maple; Indian mallow
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
family Malvaceae, mallow family, Malvaceae - herbs and shrubs and some trees: mallows; cotton; okra
flowering maple - an ornamental plant of the genus Abutilon having leaves that resemble maple leaves
Abutilon theophrasti, butter-print, China jute, velvetweed, Indian mallow, velvetleaf, velvet-leaf - tall annual herb or subshrub of tropical Asia having velvety leaves and yellow flowers and yielding a strong fiber; naturalized in southeastern Europe and United States
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Some of the less hardy specimens such as cannas, dahlias and abutilons will be mulched over to protect them in the winter.
Agapanthus and the first of the crocosmias come into their own, along with myrtles, abutilons and other exotics.
Other than the roses, which require an extra weekly soaking during the summer, his plants are watered only once a week, including the Abutilons.
With greenhouses filled with gorgeous plants, it is hard to pick favorites, but Byron Martin's "personal bests" are Brugmansia Inca Sun because it has lots of fragrant flowers; Rex Begonias because they are easy to grow and have great texture and color; abutilons because they are easy to grow and colorful; passionflowers, especially the fragrant ones such as "Blue Bouquet" and any of the fruiting varieties, including bananas, lemons, figs.
Abutilons (flowering maples) are members of the Mallow family (Malvaceae), which contains a number of attractive house and garden plants.
This week, I've been busy taking cuttings of fuchsias, geraniums, gazanias, verbenas, abutilons and heliotropes.
The big hybrid abutilons are showy and cheerful with their vine-shaped leaves and glossy bell-like flowers.
At this time of year, you can expect to see the late spring bulbs, rhododendrons and in the conservatory, abutilons, acacia and begonias should be providing a show.
In the aftermath of last January's freeze, hibiscuses died even while abutilons planted close by survived.
10 Keep an eye on bulbs that are being forced and ease off the watering of half-hardy perennials such as fuchsias, abutilons and geraniums.
Fuchsias, argyranthemums, salvias and tender abutilons all strike well from cuttings taken now and can be overwintered in the pot before being separately potted up next spring.
The yellow and white abutilons, by contrast, can do well half-exposed to the sun, while the burgundy and pink varieties grow best on the north side of a building and require excellent ambient light, but no direct sun exposure whatsoever.