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Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower*

Loropetalum chinense 'var. rubrum'

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Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense 'var. rubrum') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower flowers

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower flowers

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Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense 'var. rubrum') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower in bloom

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense 'var. rubrum') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower in bloom

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Chinese Fringe Flower, Chinese Witch Hazel

Description:

One of the showier early spring-blooming shrubs available, with fine rich magenta-pink strap-like flowers literally smothering the plant, new leaves are rich burgundy and have a purplish-red cast all season; a well-behaved shrub for general garden use

Ornamental Features

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower is bathed in stunning fragrant fuchsia strap-like flowers along the branches in early spring. Its attractive oval leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning dark green in color with prominent burgundy tips the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower is a multi-stemmed evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Red-Flowered Chinese Fringeflower will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. Although it is technically a woody plant, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as a perennial in our climate if planted outdoors over the winter, usually regrowing from its base (crown) the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features