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With distinctive flowers, this Aussie is a hummingbird favorite

Garden Gems: “Carpenter Rocks” Australian fuchsia is right at home in California gardens.
Garden Gems: “Carpenter Rocks” Australian fuchsia is right at home in California gardens.

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.

‘Carpenter Rocks’ Australian fuchsia

Correa reflexa ‘Carpenter Rocks’

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Bloom season: Bell-shaped vermillion red flowers tipped with green appear from fall to spring.

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.

Pruning needs: Shape when young to encourage branching.

Water needs: Medium low; once established, water deeply twice a month.

Snapshot: As its name implies, this enchanting evergreen shrub is native to Australia but right at home in California. This variety features heart-shaped green leaves and attractive two-tone, bell-shaped blooms in winter. Their lipstick red petals are tipped with green. The little trumpets sort of resemble fuchsias (hence the nickname) and are good for hummingbirds, who need winter nectar sources.

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

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