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PlantFiles: Variegated Fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Tom West'

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fuchsia (FEW-she-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tom West
Hybridized by Meillez; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1853

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Villainesse On May 19, 2012, Villainesse from Santa Rosa, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

So far, the tiny Tom West I purchased late last year is surviving in the ground in mostly shade (just 3 - 4 hours AM sun). I did add a layer of mulch but we had a unusually dry winter in Sonoma County, and I seldom watered it. It is now growing noticeably, but is still very small with no buds. If it takes off it will earn a very positive rating, but it's too early to tell in May. I am very happy with how little water it has required. It will get limited but regular water this coming summer.

BTW, I'm pretty sure it is evergreen in a California zone 9.

Positive Kell On Sep 21, 2005, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This was a sport of Fuchsia Corallina. It can take full sun but does great in partial shade. This is a trailing plant and looks great in a hanging basket.

The leaves are red, green and white with red veins. Very attractive.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
Santa Rosa, California
Portland, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington

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