Imagine trekking up into the Chiapas mountains in southern Mexico. The forest is shrouded in clouds of fog. The call of the Quetzal, one of the most beautiful birds in the world, can be heard above in the forest canopy. The forest floor is outfitted with lush, green leafy plants. You feel a bit like you're in an episode of Lost, waiting for the black smoke to appear.
Instead, you see a shrub flush with plush, pleat-like textured leaves. On this shrub you witness a shower of excitingly ornate golden trumpets emerging from rouged clayces. The look is extraordinary! You are experiencing the allure of the rare Deppea splendens 'Cristóbal' otherwise known as Golden Fuchsia. This spellbinding shrub comes from the mountain Cloud Forests in the Chiapas state in southern Mexico. This magical evergreen shrub grows about 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide with an open, multi-stemmed form. It produces spilling clusters of strikingly beautiful flowers in spring and fall. As it matures, the clusters increase with spectacular result.
It thrives in light shade, likes regular to occasional water, and is hardy to 32 degrees. One thing to note is that it has some pretty delicate stems that break easily when lightly jostled. But the good news is that it responds pretty well to a decent pruning.
So, if you want something to really bring some gorgeous glam and exotic bam to an otherwise boring shady garden get yourself some Deppea splendens 'Critsóbal' and watch it shower your scene with some golden forest fantasy!