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Abutilon 'Canary Bird'


Abutilon 'Canary Bird'

Family Name: Malvaceae

Abutilon 'Canary Bird' is an evergreen shrub with attractive yellow cup-shaped flowers with numerous stamens, hanging downwards like bells. This perennial plant flowers freely throughout the year and has dark green palm-shaped leaves resembling maple.


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Shrubby
Maximum Height 3 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 3 m


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal, Temperate
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An evergreen woody shrub that can grow up to 3 m in height.
Foliage Dark green, palmately-lobed leaves.
Stems Woody stems
Flowers Bell-shaped yellow flowers facing downwards, with numerous stamens.
Cultivation Grows best under full sun to produce flowers. Requires little trimming to ensure plant shape. Apply balanced fertilizer monthly. Plant takes approximately 5 - 10 years to reach its optimum height. Can be propagated via softwood cuttings.
Etymology Genus Abutilon is the Arabic name for mallow.

Landscaping Features

Landscaping Suitable for container planting and borders for its pendant bright yellow bell-shaped flowers.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird-Attracting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Transplanting Tolerance Moderate
Maintenance Requirements Low
Pruning Can be pruned periodically to control its size and make the plant bushier.
Fertilizing Apply once monthly with a balanced fertilizer.
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting
Propagation Method Remarks Softwood cuttings
Planting Distance 3 m


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Thin, Crinkled / Twisted
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green - Light Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate, Spiral
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Palmate)
Foliar Venation Palmate
Foliar Margin Palmately Lobed
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Cordate

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Woody
Root Type Underground (Tap Root)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Solitary
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Campaulate / Bell-shaped
Flowering Period Free-Flowering
Flowering Habit Polycarpic
Flower Size 6 cm x 5 cm

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Master ID 33726
Species ID 8140
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Species record last updated on: 24 May 2024.