Fuchsia 'Fanfare'

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(Fanfare Fuchsia) Slender and abundant, the 2-inch-long flowers of Fuchsia ‘Fanfare’ have deep red sepals that flare over a corolla of orange-red petals. Hummingbirds love these tubular blossoms hanging amid glossy, deep green leaves.

Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. Fanfare 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. 84"/72"/84"
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. Full sun to 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. 6 feet plus
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 5 to 6 feet
Synonym Fuchsia denticulata 'Fanfare'
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This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Fanfare Fuchsia) Slender and abundant, the 2-inch-long flowers of Fuchsia 'Fanfare' have deep red sepals that flare over a corolla of orange-red petals. Hummingbirds love these tubular blossoms hanging amid glossy, deep green leaves.

Fuchsias range in height from low border shrubs and creepers to vertical climbers that are as big as small trees. Fanfare Fuchsia is a tall, wide climber that grows best if espaliered on wires against a wall or trained up a fence or a trellis in ground or in a planter.

In warm winter areas, Fanfare is a deciduous or evergreen shrub that thrives in full sun in a cool coastal climate. It needs moist, well-drained soil that is rich in nutrients, so regular fertilizing every few weeks is best. In USDA Cold Hardiness Zones where winters are chilly, it's a fine annual. Locate it in partial shade, such as in a patio container, if you live where summers are bright and hot.

Although the Fuchsia genus is mainly native to Mexico, Central America, and South America, the first species introduced to horticulture (F. triphylla) came from Hispaniola - now the Dominican Republic - and was found near the beginning of the 1700s. Hybridization of Fuchsias was common in Europe in the early 1800s and, by the mid 1850s, hybrid Fuchsias were becoming popular in California. Now, 110 species and thousands of varieties of the genus are estimated to exist worldwide, and the San Francisco Bay Area is the West Coast center of their home away from homelands.

One way that Fuchsias are categorized is by number of petals. Fanfare is a semi-double, which means its flowers have 5, 6, or 7 petals. Double Fuchsias have 8 or more petals whereas singles only have 4. Fanfare sometimes is referred to as Fuchsia denticulata 'Fanfare', because at least one of its parent plants was F. denticulata, a cloud forest species native to Peru and Bolivia. It is one of the species most resistant to mites - a quality that gives Fanfare Fuchsia resilience.

San Francisco plantsman Victor Reiter, Jr. (1903-1986), one of the California Horticultural Society's founders, hybridized Fanfare Fuchsia in 1940. Flowers by the Sea is proud to grow this this reliable, historical beauty.