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Care of the plant Fuchsia arborescens or Tree fuchsia.

Care of the shrub Fuchsia arborescens or Tree fuchsia

The genus Fuchsia, family Onagraceae, comprises 100 species of shrubs native to Central and South America, Tahiti and New Zealand. Some species are: Fuchsia arborescens, Fuchsia boliviana, Fuchsia magellanica, Fuchsia thymifolia, Fuchsia x hybrida, Fuchsia microphylla, Fuchsia lycioides.

Common name: Tree fuchsia. This species is native to Mexico and Central America.

They are large, erect, evergreen shrubs that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height. The dark green elliptical leaves contrast with the floral panicles filled with small tubular pink flowers. They bloom from late spring to early fall. The fruits are edible dark blue berries.

They are used in bushy groups, as isolated specimens, in undergrowths and in large pots for patios and terraces.

Fuchsia arborescens prefers a semi-shade or filtered light exposure; an East-Southeast orientation is ideal. They resist frost down to -2 ºC (28.4 ºF).

The soil must contain abundant organic matter and be well drained.

Water frequently in spring and summer so that the substrate does not dry out completely (never water). In autumn and winter reduce watering.

Fertilize in spring with slow-release mineral fertilizer in spring and compost in early summer.

Prune after flowering to keep it compact.

Sometimes they can be attacked by mites (especially in summer) and by Rust (fungi) if watering is excessive.

They propagate in spring or autumn by cuttings.

Images of the shrub Fuchsia arborescens or Tree fuchsia

Fuchsia arborescens
Fuchsia arborescens
Fuchsia arborescens
Fuchsia arborescens