Fuchsia

Fuchsia magellanica

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)
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Genus:  Fuchsia
This erect shrub grows to 10 feet high and wide and produces many small, tubular, pendent flowers in shades of red, pink, and sometimes white. Flowers are followed by reddish purple fruits. Native to Chile and Argentina, Fuchsia magellanica is hardy in Zones 6-9 and adds bright colors and a tropical feeling to the garden. Use as a specimen or in a bed or border.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Large, fairly hardy, tropical-looking shrub with many showy flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a site with full morning sun to partial afternoon shade. Plants may sometimes die back to the ground in winter.
Propagation:  Take softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Sow seed in spring at 59° to 75°F.
Problems:  Fuchsias are prone to spider mites, scale insects, thrips, whiteflies, fuchsia gall mites, aphids, and root-knot nematodes. Rust, gray mold, crown gall, rots, Southern blight, and Verticillium wilt can also affect them.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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