Fuchsia austromontana 'Autumnale' is a half-hardy, evergreen subshrub and arguably the most attractive of all the ornamental foliage effect fuchsia cultivars. Its species name 'austromontana' means southern mountains, a reference to the Peruvian Andes from where the type species was first collected. The cultivar name is self-explanatory referring to the 'autumnal colours' of its foliage.
|Fuchsia 'Autumnale' flowers|
It is noted for its green, coppery-orange foliage, which turns an increasingly vibrant dark red, coral pink and gold as the growing season progresses. If conditions are warm enough slender-tubed deep rose-red flowers with purple petals will be produced in the summer.
Fuchsia 'Autumnale' will require a sheltered position in a moist, but well-drained soil. It will perform best in full sun or a semi-shaded position. Apply a liquid soluble, balanced fertiliser once a month during the growing season. It has a prostrate habit which makes it a popular choice for ground-cover and hanging baskets.
Fuchsia austromontana 'Autumnale' received the Award of Garden merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural society in 2002.
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