Mexican Blueberry Fuchsia
Not a true Vaccinium but actually a hardy Fuchsia that produces an abundance of small edible fruits that are somewhat similar to blueberries. Huge displays of soft pink flowers precede the berries and make this plant an outstanding ornamental edible. Native to the mountain cloud forests of Central America, the Mexican Blueberry Fuchsia prefers mild conditions so site in part shade in hot inland climates. Somewhat tender but should recover from the roots if frosted back in USDA Zone 8b.
Latin Name: Fuchsia arborescens
Site and Soil: Sun or part shade and prefers rich soils that are well watered.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: 15° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 8-12′ tall x 6′ wide
Bloom Time: May-June
Ripening Time: August-September
Yield: 2-3 pints
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 7