Tree Fuchsia Fuchsia paniculata (T)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
paniculate fuchsia


Fuchsia paniculata, more commonly known as the tree fuchsia, presents a striking appearance with a rich display of colors and elegant form. The plant is best known for its beautiful pendulous flowers, which are a hallmark of the fuchsia group. The flowers of the tree fuchsia exhibit a captivating combination of pink, purple, and white hues with elongated petals that dangle gracefully, often in clusters, attracting both human admirers and pollinators like hummingbirds. The leaves of the tree fuchsia are medium green, with a lance-shaped or oval form that comes to a point at the tip. The leaf surface is typically veined, giving a textured appearance, while the edges may be serrated or softly scalloped. These leaves provide a lush, green backdrop that contrasts delightfully with the vibrant flowers. Adding to the plant's charm are the small, oval-shaped fruits it may produce after flowering, which often bear a subtle purple or reddish tint, providing yet another layer of visual interest. The overall structure of the tree fuchsia is somewhat upright, contributing to a poised and graceful silhouette that makes it a favorite among garden enthusiasts. It is an attractive addition to ornamental gardens, due both to its decorative flowers and its elegant foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Tree Fuchsia, Paniculate Fuchsia, Peruvian Fuchsia, Shrubby Fuchsia, Fuchsia Arborescens.

    • Common names

      Ellobium discolor, Fuchsia arborescens, Fuchsia discolor, Fuchsia paniculata var. arborescens, Fuchsia paniculata var. discolor, Skinnera paniculata.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Fuchsia paniculata, commonly known as Fuchsia, is not considered toxic to humans. There are no significant reports of poisoning from consuming any part of this plant. Therefore, no symptoms of poisoning or toxic consequences are typically associated with the ingestion of Fuchsia paniculata.

    • To pets

      For Fuchsia paniculata, also known simply as Fuchsia, there is limited information on toxicity to pets such as cats and dogs. It is generally not listed as a toxic plant. However, as with any non-food plant, ingestion of large quantities could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset due to the novelty and fibrous nature of the plant material rather than any specific toxic compounds. If a pet ingests this plant and shows signs of distress, it is always best to contact a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental appeal: Fuchsia paniculata offers aesthetic beauty with its vibrant blossoms and attractive foliage, enhancing garden landscapes.
    • Pollinator attraction: The flowers attract pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Easy propagation: It can be easily propagated from cuttings, making it a user-friendly plant for gardeners to grow and share.
    • Shade tolerance: This plant grows well in partial shade, making it suitable for shaded garden areas where other plants may struggle.
    • Long blooming period: Fuchsia paniculata has a lengthy flowering season, providing color and interest in the garden for an extended time.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Fuchsia paniculata can be used to create a natural dye for fabrics, imparting a subtle color that is derived from its flowers and berries.
    • The wood of the Fuchsia plant can be used in miniature wood craft, such as for creating small decorative items or for model making, due to its fine grain and workability.
    • Floral arrangements often incorporate Fuchsia for its drooping flowers that add an exotic touch and vivid color to bouquets and displays.
    • In horticulture, the plant is used as a parent in hybridization to develop new varieties of Fuchsias with desirable traits such as hardiness or unique flower colors.
    • The plant can offer habitat benefits in a garden, attracting pollinators like hummingbirds and beneficial insects that help to maintain ecological balance.
    • Fuchsia's vibrant blossoms can be used as natural confetti for outdoor celebrations, as they are biodegradable and add a splash of color.
    • As a potted plant, Fuchsia paniculata can be trained into ornamental shapes and standards, providing an aesthetic element to patios and indoor spaces.
    • The leaves of the Fuchsia can be used in composting to add nutrients and organic matter that help improve soil structure and fertility.
    • In crafting, the flowers and buds of Fuchsia can be pressed and preserved to make bookmarks, greeting cards, or other paper-based crafts.
    • When practicing the art of bonsai, some enthusiasts may select Fuchsia paniculata for its interesting structure and ability to be miniaturized.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Fuchsia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Fuchsia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Confiding love: Fuchsia can symbolize a deep trust and confiding in someone deeply, as its elegant and delicate appearance might suggest a gentle and profound emotion.
    • Ardent affection: With its vibrant colors and graceful drooping flowers, the fuchsia often represents a strong and passionate affection towards someone.
    • Good taste: The fuchsia, particularly when gifted as a plant or in bouquets, can symbolize the giver’s commendation of the recipient's refinement and elegance.
    • Elegance and grace: Due to its delicate and ornate flowers, fuchsia is often associated with gracefulness and beauty.
    • Ambivalence: The unique shape of the fuchsia flower, with its contrasting colors and patterns, could symbolize complexity and ambivalence in emotions or situations.

Every 2-3 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Tree fuchsia requires consistent moisture and should be watered thoroughly, ensuring the soil is damp but not soggy. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This might result in watering once or twice a week, dependent on climate conditions. Approximately 1 to 2 gallons of water should be provided per watering session. During hot summers, the frequency may increase, and in the cooler winter months, it will decrease.

  • sunLight

    Tree fuchsia thrives in a spot with partial shade to filtered sunlight. Direct afternoon sun can be too intense and should be avoided to prevent scorching of the leaves. The ideal location would ensure morning light or dappled sunlight throughout the day, protecting the plant from the harsher rays in the afternoon.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tree fuchsia favors a temperate climate and can survive in temperatures ranging from a low of around 40 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is sensitive to frost, so bringing it indoors or providing protection when temperatures approach the lower threshold is important to ensure the plant's health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Tree fuchsia helps maintain its shape, encourages bushier growth, and removes spent flowers which can promote further blooming. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. You can remove dead or weak branches and cut back around one-third of the plant to stimulate new shoots. The best time for major pruning is after the last frost has passed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for tree fuchsia is a peat-based potting mix with perlite or sand for drainage, and loamy soil to retain moisture. The soil pH should ideally range between 6 and 7 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Tree fuchsias should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and provide room for continued root growth. Young, fast-growing plants may benefit from more frequent repotting.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tree fuchsias thrive in high humidity conditions, ideally between 60 to 70 percent. They can benefit from regular misting if the indoor air is dry.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and high humidity for indoor tree fuchsia growth.

    • Outdoor

      Place in partial shade and protect from strong winds for outdoor tree fuchsia growth.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Fuchsia paniculata, more commonly known as tree fuchsia or paniculate fuchsia, begins its life cycle when a seed germinates, typically in moist, well-draining soil with partial shade. The seedling emerges and grows into a juvenile plant, developing a root system and a stem with its characteristic opposite leaves. As the tree fuchsia matures, it forms a woody stem and can reach up to several meters in height, producing more leaves and beginning to develop flower buds. The flowering stage is notable for its attractive and distinctively pendulous purple and pink flowers, which attract pollinators such as hummingbirds and insects. After pollination, the flowers develop into small, dark-purple fruits, which contain seeds that disperse, completing the cycle and potentially giving rise to new plants. Throughout its lifecycle, tree fuchsia may undergo periods of dormancy, especially in cooler climates, where it loses leaves and enters a state of rest until favorable conditions return.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Fuchsia paniculata, commonly known as tree fuchsia, is typically propagated through stem cuttings. The best time to take stem cuttings for propagation is in the late spring to early summer when the plant is actively growing. The chosen stem cutting should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long with several leaf nodes. Remove the lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant the cutting in a mixture of peat and perlite or a similar well-draining medium. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and place the cutting in a warm area with indirect sunlight. Covering the cutting with a plastic bag can help maintain humidity. Roots usually develop within a few weeks, at which point the new plant can be gradually acclimated to normal growing conditions.