Island Sunset Fuchsia

Fuchsia hybrida 'Island Sunset'

Showy red stems holding gray-green foliage with creamy margins display an overtone of sunset pink. New growth is more intense in coloring. Full sun along the coast, partial sun inland. Excellent for hanging baskets.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical PronunciationFEW-shuh
LoreDuring Victorian times the fuchsia was commonly called Lady's Eardrops because of the flower's resemblance to women's earrings of the day.
Average Size at MaturityRapid growing to 18 inches tall, to 3 feet wide.
Bloom TimeSummer to frost
Design IdeasNot shy, this Fuchsia grows to three feet wide so beware of using it in narrow spaces. Excellent to hang outside windows to screen an undesirable view. Make it the centerpiece of a shaded patio or hang from large, old tree limbs to add interest. With this much mass, it can provide the backdrop for a fountain or fill an entire niche in the architecture. Hanging more than one is a showstopper.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleTropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Poolside, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Gift Plant, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsUse flowering vines to extend the effects of this Fuchsia, such as Lavender Trumpet Vine (Clytostoma callistegioides) or the infinitely exotic Giant Burmese Honeysuckle (Lonicera hildebrandiana). In sheltered areas, plant with the unusual Tom Knudsen Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Tom Knudsen') and the bushy Roseus Flowering Maple (Abutilon x hybridum 'Roseus').

In the landscape, follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. In containers, check often to maintain moist conditions. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer to encourage blooms.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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