Sizzling Pink Fringe Flower
Sizzling Pink Fringe Flower
Loropetalum chinense 'Sizzling Pink'Item #5919 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Clusters of rich, pink, fringed flowers bloom repeatedly throughout the year. The showy new deep burgundy foliage matures to a lovely bronze-green, maintaining a purple tinge as it as it ages, creating a colorful year-round accent to the landscape. Works well for container, border, and foundation plantings, a single specimen or in groupings.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lor-oh-PET-ah-lum chi-NEN-seePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:6 - 9, 14 - 24, 26, 28, 31Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:PurpleBlooms:Heaviest in spring, repeating throughout the year.Flower color:PinkDesign IdeasThe perfect alternative to fuchsia in colder regions, where it may stay in the ground year-round. It's a double bonus with bronze foliage and bright pink flowers. Plant around the edges of shade gardens or at posts of overhead arbors and patio covers. Spot into your shrub and perennial beds to make them pop with color. Use as foundation planting around outdoor living spaces, where you and the hummingbirds will enjoy it up close. Makes a great patio, porch or balcony plant when grown in a big ceramic pot (avoid red clay, which will clash with both foliage and flowers).Companion PlantsHeavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Lilyturf (Liriope); Kohuhu (Pittosporum); Juniper (Juniperus); Camellia (Camellia)
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil, slightly acidic and rich in organic matter. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: fall after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus was classified by Robert Brown (1773-1858) of Great Britain in the mid 19th century. He named it from the Greek loros for Strap, and ptalum for petal. This is the only cultivated species in the entire genus and is native to a large part of southeast China, the Himalayas and Japan. The first purple leaf species were not discovered in the Hunan Province until 1942. This species was originally named by D. Brown as part of the closely related whitchhazels. This cultivar was introduced by Monrovia in 1998.Lore:Loropetalum is native to China but only recently brought into cultivation in the last few decades when selections and breeding in Asia have produced interesting parents of our mordern American hybrids and cultivars.