Loropetalum chinense

Loropetalum chinense 'Fire Dance'

Loropetalum chinense 'Fire Dance'

Loropetalum chinense

Chinese Fringe Flower

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acid soil
  • Flowering period: February to April
  • Height: 1-1,5m
  • Foliage: evergreen
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

Loropetalum chinense, commonly known as Chinese fringe flower, is a low, small, evergreen shrub. In late winter and early spring, it produces slightly, fragrant spider-like flowers.

This attractive shrub originates from Japan and China and performs best when grown in full sun or partial shade, in humus-rich, slightly acid, well-drained soil.


Loropetalum chinense ‘Fire Dance’

‘Fire Dance’ is well-loved for its evergreen purple-green foliage and pink, fragrant flowers which appear in early spring. This handsome shrub is perfect for planting in a large patio pot. Expect a height of 1m and a spread of 1m.

Loropetalum chinense ‘Black Pearl’

‘Black Pearl’ is slightly different with purple-flushed dark green foliage and deep rose spider-like flowers. A compact shrub to 1,5m tall.


When and how to prune Loropetalum (Chinese fringe flower). This shrub doesn’t need a lot of pruning. If necessary, give Loropetalum chinense a light trim after flowering to retain its natural shape. Remove any dead or damaged branches.


Loropetalum chinense is frost hardy but may need winter protection. It is best planted in a position where it is sheltered from cold winds.

During severe frosts protect the leaves and the flowers with layers of garden fleece and cover the base of the plant with a thick layer of dry mulch.

Plant combination

What can you plant with Loropetalum chinense. This shrub combines particularly well with  Bergenia, Camellia japonicaCarex, Nandina domestica.

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'
Bergenia cordifolia