Macro - Loropetalum chinense

Close up Loropetalum chinense flowers. Wind blown pollens are visible on the young leaves.

This evergreen shrub has colourful foliage and the attractive small spidery flowers will bloom from late Winter to Summer. It can grow up to 2 meters high and 1.5 meters wide. Suitable for sunny or partly shaded area of the garden that free of lime and can happily grow in clay soil. Can be pruned lightly after flowering to maintain compact shape.

Loropetalum chinense is also commonly known as Chinese Fringe Flower or Chinese Witch-hazel. Other known botanic names are: Loropetalum indicum, Hamamelis chinensis.  Native to  Himalayas, China and Japan. Once established, it is heat and draught tolerant. The plant will tolerate cold weather down to – 5 deg. C.

The one that we grow is still small. We transplanted it last year to a more suitable place. I thought it was going to die, but it is a tough plant and it survives. The small unusual flowers look good in photographs.

Loropetalum chinense

Loropetalum chinense 2

Loropetalum chinense (2)