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Fuchsia arborescens
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tree fuchsia

F. arborescens is an upright, evergreen shrub or small tree to 2m tall. Its glossy, mid to dark green, elliptic leaves are up to 20cm long and arranged in whorls. Panicles of dark pink buds open to small, fragrant pinkish-purple flowers in summer, followed by dark purple to blue-black fruits

Synonyms
Fuchsia arborea
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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn Green Black Blue Purple
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Onagraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Fuchsia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees, rarely perennials, with opposite or whorled leaves and usually pendent flowers with conspicuous tubular calyx, 4 spreading sepals and 4 erect petals

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C America

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant outdoors in a fertile soil with protection from cold, drying winds and frost. In colder areas, grow as a conservatory plant or bring inside for winter. See tender fuchsia cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by seed or from semi-ripe or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be affected by aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, vine weevils, fuchsia gall mite and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

Grey moulds and fuchsia rust may be a problem

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