How to Care for a Flowering Maple


The flowering maple (Abutilon hybridum) is an engineered hybrid plant that grows into a small flowering shrub. Although their name implies a tree species, flowering maples are actually tender plants that are usually grown as annual flowers outdoors or perennial indoor plants. Flowering maples bloom in showy, hibiscus-like blooms that can be shades of red, pink, orange, yellow and white. Many different varieties of flowering maple exist, with a wide range of sizes and growth habits.

Step 1

Water your flowering maple moderately two or three times per week to keep the soil evenly moist. Don't allow the soil to dry out, and use warm water.

Step 2

Feed your flowering maple once every two weeks with a water-soluble, all-purpose flower fertilizer according to the instructions on the label. Stop fertilizing the plant throughout the winter months.

Step 3

Place your potted flowering maples in bright indirect sunlight. If you're planting the flowering maples in the ground outdoors, select a location that's in full to partial sunlight.

Step 4

Pinch or prune back the flowering maple's stems in the spring when it begins to look "leggy." Be careful not to remove more than one-third of the plant's growth at one time.

Step 5

Repot your flowering maple when the roots begin to grow out the bottom of the container. Repot the plant in a container that's about 1 ½ times larger than the current pot, filled with a rich, all-purpose potting soil or equal parts clean soil, coarse sand or perlite and peat moss or leaf mold (humus).

Tips and Warnings

  • Watch out for insects infesting your flowering maple, such as spider mites, scales and mealybugs. Treat the plant's foliage with an appropriate insecticidal soap according to the instructions on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose flower fertilizer
  • Pruning shears
  • Planter pots
  • All-purpose potting soil
  • Insecticidal soap (optional)


  • Flowering Maple

Who Can Help

  • Flowering Maple (Sounds Like a Tree...Grows Like an Annual)
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