I have had troubles ID'ing this Fuchsia. The bloom is what I know as "hot pink", the blooms are very small and open, bloom and finish with the same colour. The leaves are very small with slight serration. The stems can go 3'. Forestfarms and Heronswood call it F. encliandra 'Isis', I contacted a Fuchsia expert who called it F. 'Lottie Hobby' and in the Random House book, Indoor and Greenhouse plants - F. microphylla ssp. microphylla.
There seems to be soooo much confusion on the hardy fuchsias, especially these minis. Well, I did a google image search and the plant looks identical to the plants I mentioned in the same google search. Another name to add to the list.
I moved so I don't have the plant anymore--I'll check my pics when I get home tonight and see if I can post one for comparison. I think the leaves were a bit smaller relative to the size of the flowers, and I also don't remember the serration on the edges.
Err it could be F. x bacillaris too, not that you needed another name to throw into the mix there :) Just saying it's an Encliandra type isn't going to be very helpful to you is it!
I did look for a photo of my F. x bacillaris and I think there is a not very good image of mine on the Lottie Hobby entry but they wouldn't have been of any help to you as the photos generally look very similar anyway on the Encliandra types.
Baa, one of the names I have is 'Lottie Hobby' - is that a synonym of F. x bacillaris? I wonder if there's an Encliandra expert out there. I think there's a whole bunch of confusion in what to call these. The slight serration in the leaf, the height to 3' seem to stand out and this one doesn't change colour in the bloom.
Yes all Fuchsia produce fruit although germinating the seed is something of a hit and miss affair. It seems to me that everyone who succeeds has their own method that works for them. They are far easier from cuttings in my opinion.
Lottie Hobby and x bacillaris are separate plants, just similar in appearance. Trevor Strickland is the name that comes to mind when thinking of Encliandra experts although this is the only contact I could find for him http://www.findthatfuchsia.info/tre.htm, you might also like to try Jack Lamb who is one of the National Collection holders for fuchsia species http://www.jacklamb.free-online.co.uk/ I've no prior contact with either of them so best of British and all that :)
I would think the ID 'Isis' provided by Forestfarms and Heronswood is the correct one, the leaves have the 'holly' serrated look.
The bud and flower shape, colour all look to match, and I can see to the right a reddish new stem behind the front one on the right. This pic is perhaps not the best one, but there is a lack of pics around.
I looked through the pics on findthatfuchsia.info and noticed 'Isis' is a single and I've got a double or semi-double. The 'Ariel' is a much darker red and appears to be a larger bloom. I guess if I have a semi-double, it couldn't be F. microphylla ssp. microphylla. I think some of the nurseries are just as confused on the ID. This Fuchsia can be seen in landscapes around town.