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"Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in about 1696-1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566).
In horticultural usage, it is common to refer to fuchsias as either Upright, or Trailing, by their growth pattern, although some may be grown as either. Some more vigorous varieties of fuchsia can be trained as hedges (F magellanica, F. magellanica 'Riccartonii') and do particularly well in coastal areas. A popular practice is to train fuchsias as standards; this can be done with the faster-growing varieties.
In the United States, members of the American Fuchsia Society brought back approximately 50 plants to California from a trip to Europe in 1930. Half of these were cultivated at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley and the other half at the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, a local business. Many American hybrids were the descendants of this 1930 group."