An exciting new plant for North American gardens! Clusters of raspberry red fringed flowers appear throughout the year. Showy new growth is burgundy tinged, maturing to olive green. Evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Pruning time: fall after flowering.
This outstanding three season specimen should become a featured focal point. Use in shrub borders for late season foliage interest. Provide unique effects against light value evergreens and as a dark background for high contrast perennials in mixed beds. It's a fine foundation plant to highlight important points in the architecture or to call attention to entries and gateways. Excellent choice for adding background interest to fountains and water gardens. Worth considering for color accent in stark modern landscapes or to add depths to vintage Craftsman era home gardens.
Exploit this purple foliage against high contrast bright leaf shrubs such as Golden Spirit Smoke Tree, (Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot'), Sunsation Japanese Barberry, (Berberis thunbergii 'Monry'), Rainbow Surprise Mirror Plant, (Coprosma x 'Rainbow Surprise') and Sunrise Vareigated Abelia, (Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunrise'). It's also excellent as a background for robust perennials such as Variegated Japanese Water Iris, (Iris ensata 'Variegata') and Fairy Tale Pink Top of the Line Daylily, (Hemerocallis x 'Fairy Tale Pink').
This variety was introduced by Monrovia in 1994. The genus Loropetalum is native to a large range of Southeast China, the Himalayas and Japan. The first purple leaf plants were not officially known until the first grove was found in Hunan Province in 1942. This genus was formally grouped under the Hamamelis or witchhazels since they are closely related.
In China, these plants are known as Ju Mu. It is used in Chinese medicine the same way its relative American witch hazel is as astringent. However, it is used in Asia for many more ailments due to higher levels of flavonol glycoside in roots and flowers