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Fuchsia magellanica (Fuchsia)

Fuchsia magellanica Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Fuchsia magellanica FEW-shah maj-el-LAN-ih-kah Common Name: Fuchsia 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.
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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