Fuchsias come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are approximately 100 species of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs and more than 8 000 cultivars. A very popular garden shrub.
We suffer here from a lack of water and very high summer temperatures, so over the years only the hardiest varieties have survived in my garden. While I admire and indeed have tried to grow the luscious double varieties, now I concentrate on the hardier single varieties and the occasional semidouble and in fact have grown to prefer them to their showier cousins.
This last one is quite different, being a large evergreen shrub with tiny flowers. It is very frost tender and regularly burns in the winter, only to shoot back in Spring and Summer. It is Fuchsia arborescens.