Flowering plant identification.

Asked October 25, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT

About 2 to 3 feet high. Bushy. Light green, variegated, 5-pointed leaves with serrated edges. Small orange flowers with overlapping petals. Is it an annual? Can itwinter over?

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

This looks like a flowering maple (Abutilon sp.). Not related to a true maple, this plant gets it's name because the leaf shape mimics a maple leaf. Some species of flowering maples are right on the edge of being able to survive the winters here. Did it survive last winter? That was a tough winter, with the deep freezes and ice storms! If you're not sure, then you might want to protect it once the plant goes dormant for the winter. If it is an important plant to you and in a container then you may want to consider moving it to a protected space (insulated shed or garage or even inside the house) for the winter months. Hope this helps!
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