Flowers and Plants

Fantastic Design Plant: Fringe Flower's Star Rises

Seems like just yesterday that fringe flower, or Loropetalum chinense,was hardly understood; it was generally described as a quiet, dignified evergreen shrub. Now, after a rise in obscurity to the top as fast as actor Bradley Cooper’s or Dodger Yasiel Puig’s in June 2013, it’s become one of the most highly utilized flowering trees — adaptable to a broad range of landscape uses. Give a huge shout-out to the plant breeders accountable for all of the exciting new colors, shapes and sizes.

Starting in the 1990s using the original white-flowered Loropetalum chinense,plant breeders developed a assortment of hot-pink and purplish colors. The newest varieties also come in many shapes and sizes — appropriate for many landscape uses. This is only one of the simplest and most adaptable plants.

Common title: Fringe blossom
Botanical name: Loropetalum chinense. There are lots of dozen varieties, some with numerous names, including ‘Purple Diamond’ and ‘Sizzling Pink’.
USDA zones: 7 to 9 (find your zone)
Water condition: Moderate
moderate requirement: Partial shade
Mature size: Up to 6 ft tall, occasionally taller, and equally wide

Distinguishing attributes. The tiny white or vivid pink to purple blossoms have a fleecy look. The foliage is evergreen and ranges from pale green to dark purple, depending on the variety. Generally, the deeper the leaf color, the deeper the blossom color.

Growing tips. Prune to control the shape and size. Shearing also works but cuts down on bloom. Or leave the plant to get a graceful flowing look.


The best way to utilize it. This is only one of the most flexible landscape plants, especially for the Southern countries and California. A lone plant looks good in a pot, spilling on the sides, or grown as a standalone specimen, like the ‘Pipa’s Red’ revealed here.

Select a variety with the form you need: compact or spreading, tall or short. Grow it as a medium-height border or hedge; prune lightly. Mass plants collectively for medium-high ground. Let one develop to full height for a backdrop plant. You can even purchase fringe flower trained into tree shape — or educate one yourself.

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