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The flowers are an amazing cherry red colour and occur in spring and summer. They are fairly small flowers, but it produces a lot of them, creating a stunning effect. Graptophyllum excelsum is a small shrub which usually grows anywhere from 1.5 to 3m tall. Rare plants are seen reaching heights of 8m tall, but this is hardly ever heard off. It grows approximately 1m wide. The shrub itself is often suckering, creating a bushy effect by growing new plants from the base. It is non-invasive and will not get out of control. Graptophyllum excelsum needs be to grown in full sun to very light shade for best flowering, although I have seen some healthy little shrubs growing in amongst the Gum Trees. Flowers will be more sporadic in shade. In very hot area’s it would be wise to give it some shade during the hottest parts of the day. Birds absolutely love the flowers on this shrub, which is fantastic for attracting birds to your garden. (And who wouldn’t want some amazing Australian birds to visit their garden!). In its natural habitat it’s often seen in monsoon forests in limestone soils. This would suggest it would appreciate regular watering for best growth. Ours are on a dam wall in amongst Gum Trees, so I couldn’t imagine them getting much water at all, yet they look amazing. This is a great, versatile little shrub which is sure to suit any garden, from tropical gardens to the colder temperate gardens. You can prune it to shape which makes it excellent for hedging or screens, imagine the beautiful flowers it would bear on the outside of the hedge! The Scarlet Fuchsia would be stunning in a pot, and as it is such a hardy plant, it’s well suited to container growing.