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.