Loropetalum Varieties

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This article provides information about Loropetalums and growing tips
by Brent Wilson · All Zones · Shrubs · 11 Comments · November 08, 2011 · 87,455 views

There are many varieties of Loropetalum, each having its own unique characteristics and each offering different uses in the landscape. Loropetalums show excellent versatility in the landscape. They are attractive when grown in clusters or mixed screens as well as foundation plantings, single specimens, espaliers, groundcovers, and bonsai. They make attractive hedges or, when limbed up, they form very attractive small trees. Below are my personal favorites and, needless to say, the one's our landscape design-build firm uses in almost every plan we draw.


'Purple Diamond' Loropetalum

Combining colorful flowers and foliage with controlled growth, Purple Diamond® is a gem. Unlike some other loropetalums that can swallow your house, this one grows 4 to 5 feet tall with an equal spread. Showy pink flowers appear in spring and sometimes summer. The deep, rich purple foliage holds its color all season. Purple Diamond is great for use as a foundation plant, low hedge, or in groups planted in landscape plants and beds. It is a very low maintenance shrub however can be trimmed or sheared to create formal shapes and hedges.

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'Purple Pixie' Loropetalum

With its dwarf size and weeping habit, Purple Pixie® is just the loropetalum we’ve been waiting for. It's a low, mounding and spreading loropetalum grows only 1 to 2 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide. Its size makes Purple Pixie a great choice for a ground cover or low border, but it can also add vibrant color to hanging baskets, window boxes, and other containers. The showy pink flowers combined with rich year round purple foliage are truly outstanding. Purple Pixie requires little pruning and is an exceptionally low-maintenance plant.

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'Ever Red Sunset' Loropetalum

'Ever Red Sunset' is the first loropetalum to produce true-red flowers...and lots of them! The vivid fringe-flowers are produced in abundance during late winter and spring, sporadically during summer, and again in late fall, contrasting wonderfully with the deepest burgundy foliage of any loropetalum. It's compact size (6' h x 6' w) makes it useful as a hedge, accent, in small groups, in mass plantings, or as a small tree- or shrub-form specimen in landscape beds and foundation plantings.

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'Emerald Snow' Loropetalum

One of the most recent introductions, Emerald Snow get its name from the intense lime-green new growth that develops into thick, glossy-green foliage that shows off the masses of pure white fringe-flowers in spring, occasionally in summer, and again in fall. This compact cultivar grows 3-4' tall with an equal spread and is a great choice for foundation plantings, mixed in shrub borders, or in low formal or natural hedges. Emerald Snow is an exceptionally low-maintenance plant that requires little if any pruning however can be sheared or trimmed into more formal shapes and hedges.

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'Plum Delight' Loropetalum

Growing to about 6-8' in height with slightly less of a spread, Plum Delight is an excellent choice on the corners, in insets, and between windows in foundation plantings. It also is useful to create mid-size natural or formal hedge, or can limbed up to form a small tree. The deep burgundy-purple foliage contrasts beautifully with the striking, hot-pink fringe flowers in early spring.

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'ZhuZhou' Loropetalum

As one of of not the tallest growers among the loropetalums, ZhuZhou is a perfect choice for privacy screens, large hedges or a mid-size tree. Growing up 12 feet or more in height, ZhuZhou fills in quickly and provides you with attractive burgundy-purple foliage all year long. Deep colored, elongated, arrow-shaped leaves offer a stark and wonderful backdrop to the masses of pink fringe-flowers produced in spring and occasionally during summer and fall. Prune only for shape or to remove lower branches if a tree form is desired. This is the best loropetalum for use as a single- or multi-trunk tree.

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Planting, maintenance and care tips for loropetalums on the next page


You can buy Loropetalum shrubs online at GardenerDirect.com



Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Great article at a perfect time. I have been interested in this plant for a few weeks. Your list of varieties and pictures helped me to decide as to the perfect one for a spot in my garden.

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Gardenality.com

Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thanks for the compliment John! As you can probably tell, I really like loropetalums:-)

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Hedy Beil

Hedy Beil · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Is Loropetalum hardy in Zone 5? When should it be planted?

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Gardenality.com

Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Hi Hedy - Unfortunately, the Loropetalums are not cold hardy in Zone 5. They are hardy only as far north as Zone 7a. Purple Pixie Loropetalum is a true dwarf that's great for use in containers so could be overwintered indoors.

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Kristal Walsh

Kristal Walsh · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F
I pruned my loropetalums into trees which had a willow look. They were absolutely gorgeous during the spring bloom but in the last few years I just cannot reach the top any longer and the pruning maintenance is just too hard. So I am going to cut them way back this year to about 4 feet. I hope they recover. The trunks are probable 2-3" caliper..still undecided on my approach. Chainsaw maybe? ??

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Hi Kristal-Cutting back your loropetalums should be fine. These shrubs normally recover well from hard or rejuvenation pruning. A similar question was asked awhile back. You can copy and paste these links in your browser to go to the question and answer regarding sever pruning of the loropetalums.
http://www.gardenality.com/Questions/1474/Plants/Trees/Will-Loropetalum-Tolerate-And-Survive-Heavy-Hard-Pruning.html
http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/826/Plants/Shrubs/About-Loropetalum/Loropetalum-Planting-Care-and-Maintenance-Tips.html

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M Duffy

M Duffy · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I have transplanted one to Lancaster, PA (Millersville more specifically) ... Zone 6A-6B and positioning it against a house wall and close to a heat pump compressor unit. Fingers crossed it will survive. Will report back next Spring.

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D Kellner

D Kellner · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I was hoping you could share some info regarding placement of these shrubs. I had 6 placed in a ring below a pine tree and they dont seem to be doing very well. I live in South Carolina. It seems no plants, or grass for that matter, seem to do well under or near these trees. I have watered, feed, applied acid fertilizer but still no good. Oh...one other thing....the deer here don't seem to mind the taste of the Loropetalum, so spraying with deer repellant also.

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Kristal Walsh

Kristal Walsh · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F
I am sure John will chime in shortly but just saw this message and wanted to say that I am in 8b but have acid soils. I have loropetalums in many areas of my yard which has conifers and hardwoods. But I am fairly certain that these shrubs will do better in full sun, at least mine do. They are fairly disease resistant but do require some annual pruning. I am not sure about using repellant for vegetation but you might try other forms of deterrents like motion-activated sprinklers or lights that come on when the deer are in the yard if you do not want them there. I would think that your acidity would be on target with the pines so additional acid applications would not be necessary. Older pines will have surface roots which does make it difficult to grow shrubs directly around the base. Have you tried native azaleas/rhododendrons? Curious about John's response!

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Kristal is right on. The loropetalum should do well around the conifers. They actually will do well in most soils as long as the soil is well draining. Like Kristal said the roots of the pines may make it hard to grow most shrubs under. If not making the soil hard packed the shrubs may be competing for water and nutrients. Again like Krystal said these plants do much better when they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. You might check to make sure the soil is not staying too wet under the pines. Too wet a soil will cause poor growth. It can also cause root rot or other fungal diseases that in time will kill these shrubs. Unfortunately very few plants are actually deer resistant especially if there favorite foods are scarce. There are several sprays you can use to help deter deer but I really haven't found one that works well. I actually use a motion detecting sprinkler system that has worked really well. I have an article in Gardenality regarding this system. PROTECTING YOUR GARDEN FROM RACCOONS You may be interested in reading this article.

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Kristal Walsh

Kristal Walsh · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F
Thanks for that, John! Tried to give you another Thumbs up but it is not cooperating right now. Will try again later. Hope you are doing well. Kristal

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