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Fuchsia procumbens - landscaping-gardening

 

Fuchsia (named after Leonhard Fuchs, a 16th century German botanist) is a genus of over 100 species of vegetation and small trees. While there are four New Zealand native species (colensoi, excorticata, perscandens and procumbens) and one from Tahiti, the vast bulk of the genus occurs in Essential and South America.

Think of fuchsias and probability are the fancy patch hybrids come to mind first. Showy as they are, it is not challenging to see they are associated to wild species such as Fuchsia magellanica, Fuchsia denticulata and Fuchsia triphylla.

Some species, however, are less easy to distinguish. Our customary native tree fuchsia (Fuchsia excorticata) has fuchsia-like flowers, although it can be hard to see the link with the patch plants when it is not in bloom. But the likes of Fuchsia arborescens from Essential America, with its panicles of tiny flowers, scarcely matches the conventional idea of a fuchsia.

The most extensively grown of New Zealand's native species is Fuchsia procumbens and it too is quite dissimilar the patch cultivars. It is a low distribution plant with small rounded trees and can be very hard to pick as a fuchsia until it flowers. Indeed, my original come into contact with of the plant was with educated specimens and I have to admit that I didn't at once recognise wild plants when I first saw them.

This species was open in Northland in 1834 by Richard Cunningham. (some establishment call him Robert; in any case he be supposed to not be befuddled with his beat known brother Allan. ) However, it wasn't introduced into Europe until 40 years later in 1874. It has at times also been known as Fuchsia prostrata and Fuchsia kirkii.

The species occurs artlessly in the north of the North Island down to northern Coromandel, often in coastal areas, and is now rare in the wild. All the same wild specimens can apply to numerous metres wide, civilized plants are as a rule quite compact.

The flowers, which act from mid to late bounce are every so often hard to see among the dense, expansive foliage. The blooms are not the usual fuchsia colours - green and yellow, not red and purple - and most unusually, they face upwards considerably than being pendulous. The blue pollen-tipped anthers are also very distinctive.

Upward facing vegetation are scarcely astonishing in a plant that grows so close to the ground. Even so it is a article that hybridisers have long been trying, with incomplete success, to breed into patch hybrids.

The real feature, and the argue why Fuchsia procumbens is grown by enthusiasts world-wide, is the berries that be a consequence the flower. All fuchsias bear berries, but none can match the fruit of Fuchsia procumbens. While the clear red berries of wild plants are scarcely bigger than redcurrants, refined plants may have fruit the size of small plums. The fruit has a grape-or plum-like bloom and is acutely showy as it is conceded on top the foliage, not killing below it. Fuchsia procumbens is a plant that likes to show off its wares.

This barely trailing plant makes a superb lynching basket specimen and is very easy to grow. Even with its northerly actual distribution, it tolerates frosts and even withstands some drought. But strangely an adequate amount it is one of those New Zealand natives that is develop know abroad than at home. British and American growers wouldn't be not including it, but how often do you see a good specimen in a local garden?

I am a plot book creator and horticultural photographer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I run a stock photo documents called Country, Farm and Patch (http://www. cfgphoto. com). This commentary may be re-published provided this in rank is in print with it and is obviously visible.


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