Climbing Fuchsia (Fuchsia regia) is a large shrub that can grow between 5 to 10 feet tall and spread to 8 feet. Depending on your climate, the Climbing Fuchsia can be grown as a perennial evergreen, a deciduous plant that dies back in the winter, or a large, sprawling, non-climbing vine or creeper.
This species of Fuchsia does best when grown in moist, acidic soil with access to full sun, although partial shade or semi-shade will also do. The regular watering is necessary for Fuchsia regia, especially in hot weather.
Climbing Fuchsia is not suitable for hanging baskets as it will become leggy in search of places to cling. Yet, it does exceedingly well as a hardy garden plant when trained to a fence or trellis. Its attractive flowers and foliage make it a great addition to any garden.
The flowers of Fuchsia regia have clusters of two-lipped petals which range in color from red, crimson, and vinous to blue, lavender, and purple. They can range in size from 1.9 to 2.25 inches long and 0.59 to 0.75 inches wide. They bloom throughout the growing season and occasionally until November.
The best way to take care of Fuchsia regia in cold climates is to bring it indoors during winter and keep it in a cool location. Make sure to keep the plant away from heat sources and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Direct blows from winter winds should be avoided, so keep the plant out of harsh wind and away from other heavy plants that could drop branches on it.