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Loropetalum chinense

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
:lor-oh-PET-ah-lum chi-NEN-say
Description

Fringe Flower is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is twiggy and irregularly rounded from Asia in the witch hazel family. The spring flowers have strap-like petals that hang downward and are creamy-white and mildly fragrant. Flowers last for 2-3 weeks. In zone 7 give it protection from winter winds and mulch the root area. It can be severely pruned after flowering. Prefers acidic soil moist well-drained, organically enriched soils and sun to part shade. It is intolerant of alkaline soils. This plant is easily transplanted, has no serious pest problems, and can be used for borders, screens, and foundations. It can be planted as a specimen, in mass, and as an espalier. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • 4-petaled, wavy, strap-like white or pink flowers
  • Ovate leaf undersides are sandpaper-y and rough
  • New growth stems and leaves are pubescent
  • Plant is an evergreen shrub with leaves in a single plane
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Tags:
#evergreen#small tree#full sun#partial shade#bark#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#shrub#acidic soil#spring flowers#espalier#mass planting#moist soil#cpp#well-drained soil#transplant#organic soils#deer resistant#foundation planting#borders#spring interest#screening#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#small tree#full sun#partial shade#bark#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#shrub#acidic soil#spring flowers#espalier#mass planting#moist soil#cpp#well-drained soil#transplant#organic soils#deer resistant#foundation planting#borders#spring interest#screening#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Loropetalum
    Species:
    chinense
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to NE. Thailand, Japan (Honshu, Kyushu) and Taiwan
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Ovoid, nut-like, woody capsule. These capsules are 2-valved, uncommon, and less than an inch long.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are lightly fragrant, 3-6" in size, and are cream to white in color. Calyx is 4-lobed. Flowers have 4 petals, are undulate-ligulate, and less than an inch in size each. Petals of flowers yield a feathery appearance and have 4 stamens. Petals are strap-shaped, and downward drooping. Inflorescence is a cluster (head) with 3-6 flowers crowded together, axillary.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate, acute, rotund, entire to finely toothed, dark green in color, and are borne in a single plane with an asymmetrical base. They are finely pubescent above and gray-green, bristly pubescent underneath. They can grow up to 1.5" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are slender, brown, and densely pubescent. Stem pith is solid, small, and green.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer