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Chinese Fringe-Flower Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum 'Razzle-Dazzle'

Phonetic Spelling
lo-ro-PET-a-lum chi-nen-SE roo-BRUM
Description

Striking fushia flower petals against purple-black leaves.  It does best planted in zone 8 or higher but can survive in a protected area in zone 7 it flowers best in full sun but needs some afternoon shade.  If the winter will be particularly cold, dipping into the teens, planting in a protected area and mulching the roots heavily will help the plant survive.  It prefers well-drained, slightly sandy, acidic soils.  It requires very little maintenance and pruning to maintain its attractive shape.  'Razzel Dazzel'  cultivar is known for its bright pink flowers.  

Plant in a woodland garden or even a container, it looks great as a stand-alone specimen or planted in small groups.  Use as a board, hedge or privacy screen.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems. Aphids and mites can sometimes cause issues.  In clay soil with poor drainage root rot can occur.  Alkaline soils cause chlorosis.    

More information on Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#specimen#container plant#pink flowers#showy leaves#colorful leaves#colorful#low maintenance#winter interest#hedges#foundation planting#black leaves#fushia#borders#screening#evergreen shrub#hairy stems#hot pink flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Loropetalum
    Species:
    chinense
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Uncommon in cutivation, 2 valvled capsule, 12 mm in diameter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blooms March-April with tassel like flowers with 4 narrow strap-like petals that have a light fragrance. Flowers are clustered together at the branch tips.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Black
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2.5" long dark purple to almost black with asymmetrical bases, apex pointed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Brown stems pupescent
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen