Fuchsia procumbens

 


Article by: Geoff Bryant

Fuchsia (named after Leonhard Fuchs, a 16th century German botanist) is a genus of over 100 species of shrubs , Theme Gardens and small trees. , How to Grow Cucumbers Although there are four New Zealand native species (colensoi, excorticata, perscandens and procumbens) and one from Tahiti, the vast bulk of the genus occurs in Central and South America. Think of fuchsias and chances are the fancy garden , Fast, Biologically Active, Highly-Efficient, No-Turn Composting-Really! hybrids come to mind first. Showy as they are, it is not difficult to see they are related to wild species such as Fuchsia magellanica, Fuchsia denticulata and Fuchsia triphylla. Some species, however, are less easy to distinguish. Our common native tree , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask fuchsia (Fuchsia excorticata) has fuchsia-like flowers, , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home though it can be hard to see the connection with the garden , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees plants when it is not in bloom. But the likes of Fuchsia arborescens from Central America, with its panicles of tiny flowers, , Fertilizers - What you Need to Feed Your Lawn scarcely matches the common idea of a fuchsia. The most widely grown of New Zealand's native species is Fuchsia procumbens and it too is quite unlike the garden , FREE: How You Can Make a Hypertufa Flowerpot cultivars. It is a low spreading plant , Theme Gardens with small rounded leaves and can be very hard to pick as a fuchsia until it flowers. , Water Pond Designs Indeed, my initial experience of the plant , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area was with cultivated specimens and I have to admit that I didn't immediately recognise wild plants , Winterberry Holly 'Winter Red' when I first saw them. This species was discovered in Northland in 1834 by Richard Cunningham. (some authorities call , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask him Robert; in any case he should not be confused with his better 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 naturally in the north of the North Island down to northern Coromandel, often in coastal areas, and is now endangered in the wild. Though wild specimens can spread to several metres wide, cultivated plants , Plastic Pond Liners are usually quite compact. The flowers, , Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens which appear from mid to late spring , Starting a Shade Garden... are sometimes hard to see among the dense, sprawling foliage. The blooms are not the usual fuchsia colours , Gardening Tips and Tricks for Late Autumn - green , Using Popular Rose Varieties In Your Garden and yellow, not red and purple - and most unusually, they face upwards rather than being pendulous. The blue , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area pollen-tipped anthers are also very distinctive. Upward facing flowers , Patio Table Covers are scarcely surprising in a plant , Landscaping Combo Auto Detailing Business? that grows , Your Cottage Garden so close to the ground. Nevertheless it is a feature , Composting - aka: The Circle of Life! that hybridisers have long been trying, with limited success, to breed into garden , ing During Hard Times or Emergencies - You Can Feed Yourself! hybrids. The real feature, , Landscaping Combo Auto Detailing Business? and the reason why Fuchsia procumbens is grown by enthusiasts world-wide, is the berries that follow the flower. , The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather All fuchsias bear berries, but none can match the fruit , Water Pond Designs of Fuchsia procumbens. While the bright red berries of wild plants , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance are scarcely larger than redcurrants, cultivated plants , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard may have fruit , Fertilizers - What you Need to Feed Your Lawn the size of small plums. The fruit , Starting a Shade Garden... has a grape-or plum-like bloom and is particularly showy because it is carried on top the foliage, not hanging below it. Fuchsia procumbens is a plant , s - Your New Roommate that likes to show off its wares. This little trailing plant , Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) makes a superb hanging basket specimen and is very easy to grow. , Garden Decor -- It Is More Than Just Decorations Despite its northerly natural , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System distribution, it tolerates frosts and even withstands some drought. , Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens But strangely enough it is one of those New Zealand natives that is better know abroad than at home. , Healthy Soils Equal Bountiful Harvest! British and American growers wouldn't be without it, but how often do you see a good specimen in a local , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs garden?
I am a garden , Organic ing - The Pros And Cons book author and horticultural photographer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I run a stock photo library called Country, Farm , Gardening Tips and Tricks for Late Autumn and Garden , Testing Your Soil (http://www.cfgphoto.com). This article may be re-published provided this information , Landscaping Combo Auto Detailing Business? is published with it and is clearly visible.

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