Fuchsias forum→Hope of Identification

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Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
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jerijen
May 21, 2020 3:44 PM CST
We planted this fuchsia -- oh, probably 25 years or more ago. I'm sure I knew what it was when we planted it, but I don't know now.

I'd like to, though . . .

What ever it is, it is of a vining/climbing habit. Presently, it is probably almost 20-ft. wide at the "bottom", where the plant grows from. But it has gone up a 10-ft. tall retaining wall, and has formed an immense cloud of bloom up at the top, by the street, in full, often intense sun.

It blooms like mad, pretty much all year, in Coastal Southern California. It is absolutely immune to fuchsia gall mite. The blooms are small but clustering, and quite striking in the sun.

Here are some images:
Its roots are under an old gazebo. In blooms in there . . .
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And it grows to the right, out into the sun, where it blooms in more volume
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Then, it grows some up, and left, and blooms above the gazebo and the roses there
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But the most spectacular thing it does is go right up the wall, through the fence, and makes a big blooming "bush" up by the street:
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Oh, and this year, it has produced two self-pollinated seedlings, which are growing vigorously.

Any thoughts?

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zuzu
May 22, 2020 3:33 PM CST

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It looks a lot like Fuchsia magellanica, which can get huge, but it looks like a lot of other fuchsias too, so I can't give you a definite ID.

Hardy Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
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jerijen
May 22, 2020 4:02 PM CST
WOW!

That certainly does look like my fuchsia -- and apparently, magellanica is immune to fuchsia gall mites, which fits this to a "T".

I don't recall that we bought that --- but since it was a good 25 years ago, I wouldn't begin to trust my memory on it. Thank you!

I have two seedlings, both growing vigorously. As self-seedlings of a species, I imagine they should be just like the parent, which is fine with me.

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