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PlantFiles: Hardy Fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Queen Esther'

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fuchsia (FEW-she-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Queen Esther

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:

Positive hermero On Mar 7, 2015, hermero from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I had a similar experience and went out to the NW Fuschia Society website for help. The Queen Esther I lost was in a pot. NWFS says must move it inside to an unheated space to overwinter that way. If you want to overwinter outside QE needs to be in ground and well mulched. QE is rated Hardy, (but not "Very Hardy") zones 7-9. If the temp drops below freezing, add more mulch. Personally, I plan to protect with Reemay wrap if it drops to 25 F. Rarely happens in zone 8.
Also, this fuschia is extremely easy to start from cuttings. I plan to take a couple of those before frost just for insurance. (no pruning after frost!) I do like this plant!

Neutral Samtpfote On Jun 4, 2011, Samtpfote from Gresham, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I really liked this fuchsia but for whatever reason it did not come back this year. I have the baby blue eyes and phyllis in the same flowerbed and they made it back. If I can find this fuchsia again at a local nursery I will give it another shot in a different flowerbed.


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

Bellevue, Washington
North Bend, Washington
Redmond, Washington

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