This fuchsia is a cultivated variety that does not occur in the wild in the United States, cultivated by Standish and introduced in 1841. Apparently there are a jaw-dropping fifteen thousand cultivars of Fuchsia, so it is perhaps understandable that distinguishing among them is something of a challenge. I have seen variants named Fuchsia ‘President’, Fuchsia ‘The President’, and even names like “Fuchsia ‘President George Bartlett’” and “President Gosselin Fuchsia.” Are all these unique cultivars? Probably.
Identification: Plants are deciduous, 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m) in size, with a bushy habit. Leaves are dark green, toothed, and ovate. Flowers are stunning in appearance, drooping, with red, sharp-tipped petals and a deep red-purple center. Stamens and styles, also red, extend far past the flower boundaries. Fruits are edible, but do not taste very good.
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Fuchsia ‘President’ on allandrewsplants.wordpress.com
Fuchsia ‘President’ on fuchsiafinder.com
Fuchsia ‘President’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 8a-10b: