Hummingbird Fuchsia Facts
- First of all, many consider the Hummingbird Fuchsia to be among the most beautiful of all shrubs. The size of this plant and its tendency to produce many blooms has made it a favorite of many horticulturists. That comes as no surprise.
- While it evolved as a temperate climate species, it and its cultivars remain relatively resistant to the cold. The species also reproduce easily, and in a variety of ways. It can reproduce either by seed, in its usual manner, or via cuttings.
- It is also worth noting that within its endemic range, it serves as a staple food source for many hummingbird species, hence the common name. The species owes this to its tendency to produce large quantities of nectar, and the distinctive shape of its flowers.
- While this beautiful species has not yet been officially classified as endangered by the IUCN, that may soon change. Large portions of its native habitat continue to be threatened by both climate change and human activities.
Hummingbird Fuchsia Physical Description
While it appears to be a small tree due to its size, botanists classify the Hummingbird Fuchsia as a shrub.
This beautiful shrub often attains heights of as much as 11 ft (3.3 m) in ideal climates. In addition, the widely branching shrub attains a width of as much as 10 ft (3 m) at times.
The lance-shaped foliage also displays a unique trait. While green on top, the underside displays a reddish color!
As with most shrubs, this species produces a great number of mainly horizontal, rather than vertical, branches. The deciduous plant produces numerous hermaphroditic flowers, pollinated by a wide variety of insects.
These possess a long tubular shape and may be either pink, red, lavender, or white in color. Small, yet numerous, reddish purple fruits follow the flowers.
Species: F. magellanica
Hummingbird Fuchsia, Habitat, and Ecology
The magnificent Hummingbird Fuchsia grows naturally in a restricted region of the southern cone of South America. This region entails limited portions of Chile and Argentina.
However, it has now become naturalized in many other regions, including portions of Australia and the United States. In its native range, it primarily appears in either forest clearings or margins.
It also appears equally in both evergreen and deciduous forests. They grow best in regions of partial shade and very moist soil. In addition, blooming typically occurs during early to late summer, depending upon specific location.
The shrub matures quickly and spreads rapidly under ideal conditions. While its popularity as an ornamental plant affords it some protection from extinction, it faces threats in the wild. These include climate change and deforestation.