Written by Don Richardson
Parlor Maple (Abutilon Striatum)
Plant Type
Perennial Shrub
6-10’ tall, 4-8’ wide
Sun Exposure
Full sun – part shade
Soil Type
sand, loam, chalk
Soil pH
5.6-6.0 acidic - alkaline
Bloom Time
Summer - Fall
Hardiness Zones
8-11   Food Forest Plant
Moist, rich, well drained
20°F –
Edible Plant
Yes (Flowers raw or cooked)
Medicinal Plant
Any reference to medicinal or culinary use of plants or plant parts should in no way be considered an endorsement by The Ocala Food Forest or its staff. Research is crucial in safe and proper consumption or experimentational use of any plant.

   If you’re looking for a low-maintenance houseplant that doesn’t require a lot of attention, then look no further than the Abutilon Striatum, also known as the Parlor Maple. This plant features lush green foliage and vibrant blooms throughout the year, making it an ideal choice for anyone who wants to add a bit of tropical vibes to their living space! Let’s take a closer look at this beautiful houseplant.
The Abutilon Striatum is an evergreen shrub with smooth oval leaves that are slightly serrated on the edges. Its leaves are dark green in color and can reach up to 6 inches in length if left unpruned. In late spring and early summer, this plant produces bright yellow bell-shaped flowers with red veining that are sure to add life to any space!
Care Instructions: 
The Parlor Maple is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It prefers bright indirect sunlight or partial shade and well-drained soil that is slightly acidic (pH 5.6-6.0). Water when the top inch of soil feels dry and feed once every three months during its active growth period (spring through fall). Prune back any dead or damaged foliage when needed; otherwise, there is no need for pruning. This plant is also resistant to pests, making it a great choice for indoor growing!
The Abutilon Striatum makes an excellent addition to any home or office space due to its beauty and low maintenance needs. It can be grown indoors or outdoors as long as it is kept away from direct sunlight or frosty temperatures. The foliage can also be used in flower arrangements due its vibrant colors and delicate texture. Finally, this plant has been known to purify the air quality inside your home by removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air around it - making it even more beneficial for our health!  
The Abutilon Striatum is an ideal choice for anyone looking for an easy-care houseplant that adds life and color into their home, garden, or office space. Not only does it require minimal upkeep while providing beautiful blooms throughout the year, but it also offers numerous health benefits such as air purification and stress relief! Whether you’re a novice gardener or a seasoned pro, you’ll find that these plants are fun and rewarding additions to any indoor environment!


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