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16th January 2005


Fuchsia excorticata is a curious species from New Zealand. It flowers during January and February on the bare stems. The flowers open green and yellow, and then age to purple. It is fairly hardy, but some forms are much stronger than others. The traditionally grown form has large silvery leaves, but it is rather easily damaged by cold. Recent introductions are quite variable, but there are some very cold tolerant forms among them.

In recent years, hybridists have managed to transfer the purple colour into a range of so called "Aubergine" hybrids. 'Zulu King' and 'Roesse Blacky' are proving quite popular.

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