floral friday: flowering maple

Flowering maples were one of the very first flowers that I tried to press, and still they are among my most popular pieces due to their colorful details.


common name: flowering maple
scientific name: Abutilon hybridum

flowering maple floral friday.jpg

Flowering maple flowers bloom like small lanterns or bells hanging downward on leafy shrubs that can grow to heights of eight feet. While flowering maples are not related to the maple family, their leaves distinctly resemble maple leaves. The flowers grow in a variety of warm colors, from pale yellow to firey orange and red, and visible veins on the petals create quite intricate patterns of contrasting colors. These veins are just as noticeable when the flowers are pressed, which often causes onlookers to wonder if they are perhaps onion skins rather than flower petals.



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