Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis ‘Aurea’

golden-leaved hardy fuchsia

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Outstanding Qualities

Hummingbird enchantment! Emerging a golden yellow in springtime the foliage deepens to yellow-green as flowering begins in early summer with long pendent, crimson sepals surrounding purple corollas. To 3 feet tall and about the same in width during the growing season with colorful flowering beginning in early summer until frost before going dormant for the winter.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: morning sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: colorful flowers summer through autumn

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Culture Notes
Hardy fuchsias grow best and will flower more in full sun, although for this golden-leaved variety some shade from the hot afternoon sun is preferable to prevent foliar burning. The soil should be rich and well-drained and water provided regularly during dry periods. In the spring watch for the new leaves to emerge and cut back any deadwood. If the winter was particularly cold, this may mean cutting the branches from the previous year to the ground taking care not to break any new shoots that are emerging from the base.