Sunday, July 13, 2008

A tree Fuchsia: Fuchsia arborescens

Fuchsia arborescens
I found this shrub growing in an old Sydney garden and thought it worth propagating as it has almost iridescent magenta coloured flowers and very glossy leaves.
It really shines on a sunny Winters day.
It is fairly quick growing and needs to be tip pruned constantly to maintain a good shape.
The original plant I took the cuttings from was a sad straggly looking specimen almost chocked by Ivy but still managing to produce a generous flower display. It is native to Mexico from Morelos and Guerrero southwards to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. In the garden it will thrive in a semi shaded position with a bit of soil moisture. A few insects chew on the leaves but is otherwise very hardy.

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