Ellen Zagory / Special to The Bee

Narrow-bell correa is an eye-catching Australian fuchsia.

Community favorite: Narrow-bell correa

Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 8:52 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Community Favorites, 75 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region and recommended by local gardeners.

Narrow-bell correa

Correa schlechtendalii

Size: Under 6 feet tall

Bloom season: Late fall, winter

Exposure: Sun to partial shade

Pruning needs: Little or none; prune to shape after flowering.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week.

Snapshot: This interesting winter-blooming shrub produces its own Christmas ornaments. An Australian fuchsia, this correa pumps out loads of eye-popping green and red flowers that almost glow in light shade. Hummingbirds can't resist these trumpets. This drought-tolerant evergreen shrub – which can reach 6 feet wide as well as tall – is often used as a screen or hedge in Australia. You can see specimens in the arboretum's Australian collection on the UC Davis campus.

Why it's a Favorite: "One of my favorite Australian fuchsias, with hanging, two-tone flowers in day-glo green and red all winter," said Ryan Deering, the arboretum's GATEways horticulturist. "Great upright growth to 6 feet and best in light shade."

• Read more about the Arboretum's 75th anniversary at http://arboretum75th.ucdavis.edu. For more on the Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars, click on http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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