Fabulous Fuchsias: Selections from the Chilean Entry Garden

Selected cuttings from the Chilean Entry Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum, July 1 - 14, 2019
Joanna Long
Selected cuttings from the Chilean Entry Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum, July 1 – 14, 2019

1)   Fuchsia magellanica

  • This is the hardiest of the fuchsia species, and the parent of most hardy fuchsia hybrids.
  • F. magellanica is native to Chile and Argentina and can reach ten feet in height in moist, frost-protected areas.
  • This and all featured fuchsias can be found in the Chilean Entry Garden, part of the Pacific Connections Gardens at the southern end of the Washington Park Arboretum.

2)   Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis ‘Aurea’

  • The striking gold foliage of this fuchsia makes it pop in any garden bed.
  • This is one of over 8,000 fuchsia hybrids and cultivars.
  • Fuchsias are in the Onagraceae or evening-primrose family; you may be familiar with this family from the common Northwest native fireweed, Chamaenerion (Epilobium) angustifolium.

3)   Fuchsia hatschbachii

  • This narrow-leafed fuchsia is a native of Brazil, and can grow up to seven feet high in a single year.
  • F. hatschbachii is frost-tolerant to about 15 degrees and if damaged, will re-sprout the following spring from the base.
  • The specimen in the Chilean Entry Garden survived our harsh winter with no problem this year.

4)   Fuchsia magellanica ‘Versicolor’

  • This fuchsia features unusual greyish-green, rosy, and white variegated foliage.
  • There are over 100 species in the genus Fuchsia, most native to Central and South America.
  • In the Northwest, fuchsias attract our native Anna’s hummingbirds to the garden.

5)   Fuchsia ‘Mrs. W.P. Wood’

  • This cultivar was created in 1949 in the UK by W.P. Wood and named after his wife.
  • Hardy fuchsias in the Northwest will begin blooming in June and continue until the first frost.

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