It’s amazing how long we (okay, I) sometimes put up with a misbehaved plant until we do something about it. This flowering maple (Abutilon x ‘Souvenir de Bonn’) had been getting leggier and leggier all summer and fall. I guess it was trying to grow tall instead of wide in an effort to reach for the sun. As a result, its branches were getting top heavy and started to lean over the path that goes around to the side yard. Since that’s where our garbage and recycling cans are, not to mention our vegetable beds, we go that way several time a day.
|Abutilon x ‘Souvenir de Bonn’ blocking the way—|
particularly unpleasant after a rain when the leaves are wet
My wife had been threatening for several weeks to cut down the abutilon if I didn’t do anything about it. Not wanting to lose what is one of my favorite foliage plants—in spite of its lanky habit—I finally got out a sturdy metal stake and a hammer. Within five minutes I’d tied back the rogue branches and restored peace to our garden and family.
|Abutilon x ‘Souvenir de Bonn’ tied back|
Now if only the abutilon rewarded me for my efforts by growing leaves lower down on the branches. Maybe I’ll whack the top 4 ft. off later in the winter to stimulate new growth.