In spring and summer intensely lipstick-red tubular flowers rich in nectar cover this bush and give the plant its common name of scarlet fuchsia. It looks exotic but it's a true native It's a useful tall slender size, and takes clipping very well, making it an ideal boundary or privacy screen. Grows happily in Sydney - and of course in coastal QLD - but we haven't tested it further south.
Graptophyllum excelsum - scarlet fuchsia, native fuchsia DESCRIPTION: Queensland tropical coastal native thorny shrub or small tree, upright in habit. A tiny-leafed version of the native fuchsia, instead of the apple-green holly-like leaves of Graptophyllum ilicifolium this one has small oval dark green leaves. Masses of vivid red tubular flowers spring-summer and occasionally at other times of the year. USE IN: Tall dense narrow hedging and screening, it can be hard-pruned and clipped regularly if needed. Nectar-rich blossoms for wildlife. PLANTING: Plant in full sun for best flowering. Happy on alkaline soil. Mulch and water on a regular basis, until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Can survive light overnight frosts once mature. It may sucker which is very useful for hedging, but if you really need to contain it, restrict the roots or grow it in a pot. CARE: Prune and fertilise using a slow release native fertiliser after flowering to encourage dense growth. Water in dry spells; it will produce a better flowering show. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 2 - 8M H, usually 3-4M H in gardens x 1-2M W YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide