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Fuchsia emu bush is hummingbird magnet

Fuchsia emu bush is a low-water Australian native that California hummingbirds love.
Fuchsia emu bush is a low-water Australian native that California hummingbirds love.

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Garden Gems” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and that add sparkle to drought-tolerant landscapes.

Fuchsia emu bush

Eremophila glabra “Kalgoorlie”

Size: Up to 3 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

Bloom season: Golden flowers with an orange tint in winter.

Exposure: Full sun.

Pruning needs: Shape as needed.

Water needs: Low; once established, water deeply once or twice a month.

Snapshot: This Western Australian native is a hummingbird magnet. A low-growing shrub with attractive silver-gray foliage, emu bush can be trained to grow low like a bushy ground cover or clipped into a 3-foot-tall hedge. In winter, it bears shiny golden tubular flowers with a touch of orange, a beautiful contrast to those gray leaves. Besides drought tolerance, emu bush also can withstand cold down to 25 degrees F.

For more on “Garden Gems,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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