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Fuchsia magellanica 'Thompsonii'
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fuchsia 'Thompsonii'

'Thompsonii' is a relatively upright, semi-evergreen shrub to 1.5m with red young stems and grey-green leaves. The slender flowers have a pink calyx and purple petals in summer and autumn

Synonyms
Fuchsia 'Thompsonii'
Fuchsia magellanica thompsonii
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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green Grey Silver
Summer Red Pink Purple Green Grey Silver
Autumn Red Pink Purple Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Onagraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Can be grown outdoors in moist, fertile soil. Plant the base of the stems 5cm below the soil surface and provide a deep winter mulch and shelter from cold, drying winds. May remain semi-evergreen in milder areas where it can be grown as a hedge. See hardy fuchsia cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Under glass, can get glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, glasshouse leafhopper, thrips and vine weevil; outdoor plants are less troubled by these pests but can also get fuchsia gall mite, capsid bug and caterpillars

Diseases

May be affected by grey moulds and fuchsia rust

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