A new fuchsia? So what, there are so many fuchsias… What’s the big deal about yet another one? Well, this one is genuinely different.
Fuchsia ‘Red Sunrise’ is a semi-trailing variety, ideal for hanging baskets. Its special feature is the fresh golden-green foliage that has a little bronzing of the new growth in shoot tips, although this fades as the foliage matures and becomes yellow.
The pendulous flowers are small and neat, with rosy petals above a magenta pink skirt that matures to purple. The foliage colouring is ideal to set off the flowers.
Grow ‘Red Sunrise’ as a specimen in baskets, as part of a mixed basket planting with other compact trailers such as Million Kisses begonias, calibrachoas or torenias, or set it at the front of a large tub to trail over the edge.
This new variety was discovered by Peter Collins of the wholesale plant supplier Botanics International. “I got this variety from a collector a couple of years ago,” he said, “and it was wrongly labelled as ‘Golden Treasure’. It obviously has some ‘Autumnale’ blood in it but I have no idea what the other parent is or who bred it.”
Well, however it came about this is a valuable and distinctive addition to the range of basket fuchsias.
You can order Fuchsia ‘Red Sunrise’ from Unwins.