• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 4-6 ft. tall, 4-5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Heaviest in spring, repeating throughout the year
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lor-o-PET-a-lum chi-EN-se REW-br-um
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:6 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 4-6 ft. tall, 4-5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Heaviest in spring, repeating throughout the year
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Design IdeasThis 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.
    Companion PlantsExploit 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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