Another easy-care shrub, Abutilon x milleri is tall growing with a tendency to produce long arching branches due to the thin nature of its growth. The flowers are pink and orange with a red flush. It is best pruned regularly as it flowers on new growth.
When we look at the flowers of this hybrid, both A. megapotanicum and A. pictum spring to mind. If you can imagine a colour and shape combination between the two, you will get the picture. In terms of growth habit, it is taller growing than the first and not as upright as the second.
Abutilon milleri is an evergreen shrub that flowers prolifically from spring to autumn and in some areas throughout the year.
How to Grow Miller Abutilon
- A humus-rich, well-drained soil.
- Full sun to part shade depending on climate, more shade in warmer, drier areas.
- Mulch well in spring to maintain moisture.
- Fertilise with a general-purpose fertiliser in spring. Water well before applying.
Pruning Miller Abutilon
It is best pruned hard in spring if needed and can be tidied up a little in summer. Propagation is also from cuttings, so while you are pruning, you could try to strike a few of the cuttings.
Pests and Diseases
Whitefly and scale can be minor problems, both easily controlled.
Links and Resources
- Abutilon “Boule de Neige”
- Abutilon x milleri
- Abutilon megapotamicum
- Abutilon ‘Nabob’ Photograph UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research’
- Trailing Abutilon (Abutilon megapotamicum)
- Enkianthus campanulatus
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