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. Because of its attractiveness to hummingbirds, this shrub is also known as hummingbird fuchsia.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge, fairly hardy, tropical-looking shrub with many showy flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.
CareGrow 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.
PropagationTake softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Sow seed in spring at 59° to 75°F.
ProblemsFuchsias 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.
- Genus : Fuchsia
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
- Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
- Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Fruit
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest