Chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense)
Loropetalum chinense (Chinese fringe flower) is a perennial shrub that looks good in any garden and is easy to grow. They can be used as compact shrubs in fences and borders. When the apical buds are pruned, the Loropetalum can even become a beautiful crawling mass acting as a ground cover.
Plant profileCommon name: Chinese fringe flower, Chinese fringe flower
Scientific name: Loropetalum chinense
Plant type: Shrubs
Height: 50cm - 1.5m
Foliage color: Green, Purple
Flower color: Pink, Purple
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial shade
Soil: Chalk, Loam
Moisture: Moist but well drained, Well drained
Garden type: Architectural, Japanese Garden, Patio & Container Garden
Planting type: Containers & Pots, Flower borders and bedding, Wall-side Borders
The name is difficult to pronounce but once you get used to it you will not be deceived any more …
The leaves are oval, from 2.5 to 5cm. The pink flowers are small, a sort of filaments that appear in the spring and throughout the summer.
How to plant
Loropetalum prefers moist soils but well drained, rich in organic matter and slightly acid, however, it is a plant that adapts very well even when conditions are not perfect.
They are usually pruned for a more compact shape and to encourage flowering. Chinese fringe flower blooms best and has a better leaf color if planted in the sun. Very tolerant to sun and drought when established, not conducive to pest attacks, it is undoubtedly an excellent choice for low maintenance or heavily exposed gardens.