Flowering in the nursery for the first time, this scrambling, rangy species fuchsia is a native of New Zealand. It is thought to be a naturally occurring cross between F. excorticata and F. perscandens and was discovered by Joseph Hooker in 1867.
The small round to heart shaped foliage is green on the upper side and paler beneath. Small to medium-sized single, glossy flowers are borne directly from the old wood and have a green tube, green to red/purple sepals, purple corolla and electric blue pollen. Plants produce edible dark blue berries, have an attractive peeling bark and is a magnet for bees and other pollinators.
F. x colensoi is considered to be frost tender but can survive the occasional cold spell. Therefore is only hardy in the mildest areas. It prefers partial shade and forms a leggy, woody shrub, seven to ten meters when mature.
A plant for the Fuchsia Connoisseur or for lovers of the more unusual. F. x colensoi will be available as plug plants in late spring or in one litre pots from mid summer.
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