Loropetalum chinense
Common name: 
Chinese Fringe-flower
lo-ro-PET-a-lum chi-nen-SE
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, to 6-10 ft (2-3 m) high, with a similar spread.   Leaves alternate, simple, ovate-rounded, 2.5-6 cm long, apex pointed, leaf base oblique, margin finely toothed to entire, dark green above, paler and pubescent below.  Flowers fragrant, perfect, with four cream to white strap-shaped petals, 20 mm long and 2 mm wide.  Fruit a 2-valved capsule, nut-like, to 12 mm diam, lower part enveloped by floral cup, apparently uncommon in cultivation.
  • Sun to part shade. Acidic, well-drained soil 
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7      Native to China and a single locality in Japan
  • Some of the more popular cultivars have reddish-purple leaves and pink to reddish flowers and are considered variations of L. chinense var. rubrum.
  • Loropetalum: from Greek loron, thong, and petalon, petal, alluding to long narrow petals. chinense: of China.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • flowers and leaves

    flowers and leaves

  • leaves and flowers

    leaves and flowers

  • flowers