Showy purple and deep plum colors characterize our favorite varieties of this plant. Loropetalum is a moderately to fast-growing shrub and contrasts nicely with the green and yellow of the more common landscaping plants. This small shrub pairs well with durantas, viburnums, and cordylines. The round-oval leaves of the loropetalum add texture and interest to the garden landscape. Plant this beauty in garden beds as a transitional element, use it as a border to a walkway, or accent in large beds requiring lots of coverage. Loropetalums can grow to about 5 feet tall and almost as wide if left unpruned. For a tidy look, gently prune the plant periodically during the year.
Loropetalum does when planted in most soils. They naturally prefer well-draining soil for optimum health and growth. When planting in a bed, plant about 3 to 4 feet apart to maximize coverage, plant closer together for a more immediate effect. Fertilize the plant three times a year with an all-purpose fertilizer.
Some of our favorites: Loropetalum ‘Purple Plum’, ‘Red Chocolate’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Deep purple foliage and pink fringed flower
Moderately and consistently until established, then as needed
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Direct or dappled sunlight for part of the day
5 feet tall and about as wide
In zones 6 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Duranta, sweet potato vine, cordyline