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Loropetalum chinense
Fringe flower

Loropetalum chinense , Fringe flower


Loropetalum chinense , Fringe flower

Family: Hamamelidaceae (witch-hazel family)
This loropetalum is covered with white flowers but they are barely visible as they blend into the foliage until viewed up closely. Loropetalum is a finely textured evergreen shrub. It has a loose open form and will grow as high as 12 ft (3.7 m) and 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m) wide. Loropetalum has a spreading habit with branches arranged in horizontal layers. Young shrubs have greater spread than height and are densely branched. When vertical stems are periodically removed loropetalum makes an effective large scale groundcover with some newer varieties selected especially for that purpose. The flowers are arranged in small clusters with each having 4 narrow straplike petals that droop downward. The green-leafed varieties have fragrant flowers that are white or yellowish. 'Rubra' and 'Razzleberri' are among several named red flowered forms and tend to bloom earlier than the white form. The red forms are much showier in bloom than the white whose flowers tend to get lost with the effect that the shrub just looks like it has lighter foliage color when in bloom.
Loropetalum chinense is native to Japan and southeastern Asia including southern China.
Grows well in organically rich, gritty, acidic soil with good drainage Light:Prefers partial shade. Shifting or high shade is best.
Drought tolerant once established
Propagation: Plant fresh seed or by semi-ripe cuttings.