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(Change of Heart Fuchsia) The flowers of Fuchsia ‘Change of Heart’ are a confection of reddish-purple corollas and magenta tubes that flare out into magenta sepals tipped in green. They hang from branches of mid-green foliage just lax enough to trail attractively in a container.

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Common name
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Change of Heart Fuchsia
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
9 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
48"/48"/48"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Rich and well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
Yes
Mature height
The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
4 to 5 feet
Mature spread
The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
4 to 5 feet
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Change of Heart Fuchsia) The flowers of Fuchsia ‘Change of Heart’ are a confection of reddish-purple corollas and magenta tubes that flare out into magenta sepals tipped in green. They hang from branches of mid-green foliage just lax enough to trail attractively in a container.

Although native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America, Fuchsias became firmly rooted in California’s Bay Area in the mid-20th Century. By the 1980s, a tiny pest called the South American gall mite was destroying many varieties in North America.

Mary Cooke of Redwood City (the southwest side of San Francisco Bay) is one of the many Fuchsia hybridists who helped the genus begin recovering in North America. In 2011, she registered her mite-resistant Change of Heart with the American Fuchsia Society. Cooke recorded ‘Baby Pink’ x Fuchsia regia as one of its parent plants. It is, most likely, Baby Pink that gave Change of Heart its ability to resist gall mites.

Korean-American Soo Yun (Mrs. C.S. Field), who registered 82 Fuchsia hybrids from the 1960s until 1980, created the delicate looking yet tough Baby Pink in 1976. Similar to Baby Pink, Change of Heart has a fluffy, tutu-like shape. However, it doesn’t share that Fuchsia’s pale pink sweetness. Its coloring is more like that of the South American F. regia — a climbing species — but that ancestor's blossoms are so long and slender they seem to drip off their foliage.

Like Baby Pink and S. regia, Change of Heart is a double, which means its corolla has 8 or more petals. Semi-double Fuchsias have 5 to 7 petals and singles have four. Hummingbirds adore this long blooming, mid-sized shrub, which is lovely whether in a pot or massed as a hedge. Partial shade is best, but Fuchsia ‘Change of Heart’ can handle full sun. Give it average watering and rich soil.