Scarlet Fuchsia Shrub, Graptophyllum excelsum
The Scarlet Fuchsia Shrub, Graptophyllum excelsum, is one of our beautiful Australian native plants. It occurs naturally in the top of North Queensland, and a small patch in Coastal Central Queensland. This shrub really stands out amongst other shrubs and plants. Before it flowered it never caught my eye, but when this shrub is in flower it is a true attention-drawer.
The flowers are an amazing cherry red colour and occur in spring and summer. They are fairly small flowers, but it produces a lot of them, creating a stunning effect. Graptophyllum excelsum is a small shrub which usually grows anywhere from 1.5 to 3m tall. It grows approximately 1m wide. The shrub itself is often suckering, creating a bushy effect by growing new plants from the base but is non-invasive.
Growing the Scarlet Fuchsia Plant (Graptophyllum excelsum)
Graptophyllum excelsum needs be to grown in full sun to very light shade for best flowering. In very hot area’s it would be wise to give it some shade during the hottest parts of the day.
Birds absolutely love the flowers on this shrub, which is fantastic for attracting birds to your garden. It will appreciate regular watering for best growth.
Using the Scarlet Fuchsia Shrub in your garden
This versatile little shrub is sure to suit any garden, from tropical gardens to the colder temperate gardens. You can prune it to shape which makes it excellent for hedging or screens, imagine the beautiful flowers it would bear on the outside of the hedge! The Scarlet Fuchsia is stunning in a pot, and as it is such a hardy plant, it’s well suited to container growing.
Scarlet Fuchsia, Native Fuchsia, Letter Leaf
Plants for sale: aprox 25cm tall
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