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Correa reflexa 'Carpenter Rocks'

Carpenter Rocks Australian fuchsia

This Australian evergreen shrub forms a loose mound about 3-4' tall and wide.  It has small, bright green, heart-shaped leaves.  Bright red, tubular flowers are tipped with chartreuse and bloom profusely from fall through spring.  It was first introduced to the nursery trade in the USA in 2002 as part of UCSC Arboretum's Koala Blooms program.

What the name means
The genus Correa honors the Portuguese abbot, philosopher and scientist José Francisco Correia de Serra (1750 - 1823).  Reflexa is from a Latin word meaning turned back abruptly at an angle of more than 90° and refers to the angle at which the leaf-like bracts above the flowers join the stem. 

Natural habitat and range
Correa is a relatively small genus with just eleven species of evergreen shrubs which are all native only to Tasmania and South East Australia.  This selection, Carpenter Rocks, is named for the area where is was found; Carpenter Rocks is a small coastal town in South East Australia.

Growth habit and flowers
Carpenter Rocks forms a loose mound of evergreen foliage.  



Carpenter Rocks Australian fuchsia Growing and Maintenance Tips

Carpenter Rocks rarely suffers from any pests or diseases.


Height:

3-4 ft

Spread:

3-4 ft

Spacing:

4 ft

Correa reflexa 'Carpenter Rocks' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Wind resistant
  • Long Blooming
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Red / Burgundy / Maroon

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Mounding

Exposure

  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Morning sun
  • Sunny all day - Inland

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Winter
  • Spring

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Clay
  • Sand

Water requirements

  • None
  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Under CA native oaks
  • Firescaping
  • Median strip

Origin

  • Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania

Plants that work well with Correa reflexa 'Carpenter Rocks'

Breeze mat rush Breeze mat rush (Lomandra longifolia 'Breeze')
Sea breeze flax lily Sea breeze flax lily (Dianella revoluta 'Sea Breeze')
Bees Lemon red hot poker Bees Lemon red hot poker (Kniphofia 'Bee's Lemon')