Medium-sized evergreen shrub, native to Asia, Loropetalum has an enlarged growth habit, with a densely branched stem, and branches with mainly horizontal development; within a few years they can reach 2-3 meters in height. The foliage is small, oval, dark green. In late spring they produce small flowers with linear petals, white in color, similar to witch hazel flowers. In cultivation it is easy to find the rubrum variety, with dark red foliage and bright pink flowers, very particular. There are also dwarf varieties on the market, which can be used as ground cover plants. Generally they do not need pruning, although after flowering it may be necessary to reduce the branches that come out of the foliage.
The loropetalum chinense is a very interesting shrub, especially if we consider the amount of different cultivars available on the market. The species, in fact, is generally unattractive given its medium green leaves with white flowers. Thanks to the research, however, today we can buy very decorative specimens for the chromatic contrast that is created between the foliage (in interesting shades of pink, red and purple) and the petals. Even the contrast between the two textures can only add an ornamental note to our green space, be it a garden, a balcony or a terrace.
It should also be emphasized that both the emission of the leaves and the flowering in this plant take place quite early: this makes it doubly valuable given that it gives color and liveliness at a time when the other plants are still almost bare.
place it in a bright, but sunny place only during the coolest hours of the day; they do not fear the cold, being able to bear even very cold temperatures without problems. If placed in an excessively shady place they have a harmonious development, but tend to produce few flowers.
Shrub and leaves Loropetalum
The loropetalum chinense It is an evergreen shrub that is part of the Hamamelidaceae family. It is in fact a close relative of the hamamelis and this is evident when observing the flowers. The genus includes 4-5 species coming from China, Korea and Japan. They mostly have the tendency to expand rapidly at the expense of upward growth. These plants are very suitable for the first floor of the borders or for the creation of siepine. In general we can say that an adult specimen will be about half a meter high by 80 cm wide. The leaves have an oval shape: the color can range from bright green to purplish red. Generally they are persistent, even if consistent and lasting frosts (below -10 ° C) can cause them to fall. However, this should not scare us because the plant will quickly cover itself as soon as the climate returns slightly sweeter. The new jets are very decorative because their color is often in sharp contrast with that of the branches of previous years.
Family and gender
|Leaf color||Green, red, brown|
|Color flowers||White, pink, red|
|Height||From 1 to 5 m|
|Width||Up to 3 m|
|Rusticitа||Up to -10 ° C (but there are more delicate varieties)|
|Use||Mixed hedge, isolated specimen, border, in pot|
|Ground||Acid, of leaves, never calcareous|
|Ph of the soil||Acid or neutral|
|Soil humidity||Always damp, but well drained|
|First name||Flowers||Vegetation||Other characteristics|
|Rubrum||Fuchsia, very fragrant||Purple young shoots and leaves||It continues to bloom slightly until autumn|
|Burgundy||Light pink||Red purple at the beginning, then light green||Beautiful contrast between the leaves|
|Ever Red||Cherry red||Dark brown almost black, nice contrast with the flowers||Very interesting in the mixed hedge|
|Garnet Fire||Red||Dark purple||Very nice contrast with other plants with green foliage|
|Snow Muffin||White||Very compact habit, it does not exceed the meter nor height, nor width.||Ideal for containers or mixed borders|