• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderately growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lor-o-PET-a-lum chi-EN-se
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:6 - 9, 14 - 24, 26, 28, 31
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderately growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Companion PlantsHeavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Lilyturf (Liriope); Pittosporum (Pittosporum); Juniper (Juniperus); Camellia (Camellia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply an acid fertilizer after bloom. Prune after bloom period; easily kept at 6 ft. tall and wide with regular pruning.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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    'Snow Panda' originated from seeds collected near Yan Chi He, Hubei, China in 1994 as part of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC, collection number WD121). It was selected in 2006 by the U.S. National Arboretum and Monrovia Growers, and was then further evaluated and propagated in Monrovia's Visalia, CA growing facilities. (NA75507; PI660659)