Fuchsia arborea Sessé & Moc.
Schufia arborescens (Sims) Spach
Fuchsia arborescens is an erect shrub or small tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow from 1.5 - 8 metres tall[
]. The bole is short and thick[
Widely grown as an ornamental, the plant also produces an edible fruit.
C. America - Guatemala, Mexico.
Moist or wet, mixed forest or more often at the edge of the forest or in open meadows, often in thickets, at elevations from 1,300 - 2,900 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a position in partial shade[
]. Grows best in a moist, well-drained soil[
There is a single report that the plant has escaped from cultivation in Tanzania and invaded the local ecosystem[
The plant flowers all year round[
Fuchsia species flower and fruit mainly on new wood produced in the same growing season. Any pruning, therefore, is best carried out at the start of the growing season, cutting out old wood in order to encourage vigorous new growth[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit is reportedly edible, with a mildly sweet flavour[
]. The purple, subglobose fruit is 8 - 12mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
] though stored seed can also be used. Surface sow the seed in a semi-shaded position in a seed tray, gently pressing the seed into the compost, and do not allow the compost to dry out[
]. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take[
Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[
Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[
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