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Fuchsia excorticata - (J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.)L.f.
                 
Common Name Konini
Family Onagraceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowlands and lower montane forests, along forest edges, streams and shady gullies on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands[44].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Fuchsia excorticata Konini


Fuchsia excorticata Konini
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Tony_WillsFuchsia fulgens
   
Physical Characteristics
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Fuchsia excorticata is a deciduous Shrub growing to 10 m (32ft 10in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms
Skinnera excorticata.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Sap.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, tarts, cakes, desserts etc[3, 173, 183]. Juicy[11]. A juicy berry[K], it is sweet but astringent[153]. A unique flavour, they are best combined with potato flour or corn starch in order to temper the slight astringency[183]. Sap - sweet. Obtained by cutting a length of branch and sucking out the sap, it is not freely produced however[173].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Cosmetic;  Dye;  Ink;  Wood.

A purple dye is obtained from the plant (the part is not specified, though it is likely to be the pollen). It makes a good ink[173]. The pollen is bright blue and was used by the Maoris as a face powder[48, 173]. Wood - very strong and durable with an attractive grain, but hard to work. Used for making small items[128].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any fertile well-drained circum-neutral soil, preferring one that is rich in humus[1, 200]. Prefers semi-shade and a sheltered position[1, 15]. Does well in woodland conditions[166]. This species is only hardy in the mildest parts of Britain[11, 48], tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c when fully dormant. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. It grows well outdoors in Cornwall and along the west coast of Scotland[59, 184]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A good bee plant[108]. A very unusual plant in that its pollen is bright blue[173].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[200] though it can also be sown in the spring[1]. Surface sow the seed in pots in a warm greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out[200]. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long, May/June in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take[78, K]. Overwinter in the greenhouse for the first year and plant out after the last expected frosts. Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[K]. Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[K].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Cory Furness Mon Sep 27 20:11:24 2004
This tree/shrub is one of my favorites. Memories of Kotukutuku or Konini are of wonderful peeling caramel bark and amazing roots winding out from its base like a Celtic knot. Its striking Blue pollen is just an added extra, but what an extra! The flowers also have a wonderful greenish tinge that turns purple/red as it ages. I think it is worth giving a go.
Elizabeth H.
david nicholls, Wellington, New Zealand Sun Apr 20 2008
The bark was used as a Tobacco substitue by early settlers (according to a book I cant rememder the name of, "Maori Herbal remedies" or something like that, a book I've only ever seen once from the 50's or 60's). Any way I tried it back when I was a tobacco smoker, it was extremely harsh on the throat, but an anti-smoker friend said it smelt lovely. The bark looks like tobacco that is probably the only similarity. The berries are alright but very sparse on the trunk, not a very productive plant if thats what you're wanting, especially if you don't have a lot of space.
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