Fuchsia Fuchsia magellanica Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica) FEW-shah maj-el-LAN-ih-kah 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 Related Plants to Fuchsia magellanica 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 'Diana' Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hybrid musk rose Rosa 'Mozart' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hybrid musk rose Rosa 'Vanity' View the discussion thread.