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The Loropetalums


When in bloom the pink to dark pink fringe flowers almost completely cover the foliage. These plants will often bloom in both spring and fall and sprodically during the summer and winter seasons! When not in bloom, the evergreen deep purple to burgundy foliages provide exiciting contrast and texture in the landscape.

Also known as the Chinese Fringe-flower, these flowering shrubs belong to the witch hazel family. Most are rounded evergreen shrubs that can reach 4 to 15' in height depending on the variety. Loropetalums are excellent selections for mass planting on borders in beds or islands, as screens, in foundation plantings, and the taller varieties such as Zhu Zhou make great tree form specimens.




Other Specifications:

Hardiness: In U.S.D.A. Zones 7-9 plants will usually remain evergreen. In colder zones that experience temperatures below 10 degrees F cold injury may occur.

Development: The first of these burgundy leaved plants were developed in Japan and since the 1980's over 15 varieties of these pink flowered forms have been developed in the United States.

Significance: The striking color of the flowers and the colorful, evergreen foliage of these fine shrubs continues to draw attention.

Culture: Plants grow best in full sun to light shade and tolerate a wide range of soils. Once established they are very drought tolerant.

Landscape Use: Mass planting in open areas in islands, or limbed up and used as a small tree form specimen. Also makes a great hedge or screen. Locate to accentuate floral display. The foliage contrasts nicely with just about any other plants nearby so long as they do not have the same color foliage.

Pruning: Usually does not require pruning except for a stray branch or two, however shears well for a hedge. Taller growing varieties can be limbed up to form outstanding tree-form specimens useful as focal points in the landscape. Pruning is best performed after a bloom phase.


Varieties we stock at the nursery:

Grows To
'Ruby or Chang's Ruby' 4-5' H x 4-5' W
'Plum Delight' 5-6' H x 5-6' W
'Burgundy' (Tree Form / multi-stem) 10-12' H x 5-6' W
'Zhu Zhou' (Shrub or Tree Form) 15' H x 6-7' W
'Purple Diamond' - NEW INTRODUCTION 5-6' H x 5-6' W
'Pizazz' 6-8' H x 6-7' W
'Purple Pixie' - NEW INTRODUCTION 12-18" H x 24-36" W

NOTE: Not all varieties are always available at the nursery.





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