Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum ‘Burgundy’ (Chinese Fringe Flower, Chinese Witch Hazel)
- Botanical Name: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum ‘Burgundy’ or ‘Sizzling Pink’
- Common Name: Chinese Fringe Flower, Chinese Witch Hazel, Pink Chinese Loropetalum, Burgundy Loropetalum
- Family name: Hamamelidaceae
- Plant type: An evergreen perennial ornamental shrub, native to China, Southeast Asia and Japan.
- Light: Prefers full sun but can be sited at partial shade to shade areas.
- Moisture: Normal to moist, though can be quite heat and drought tolerant once well established.
- Soil: It’s adaptable to a wide range of soil types but must be well-drained. Sandy loam and acidic soil is preferred.
- Propagation: Easily propagated from soft or firm stem cuttings. Can be grown from seed as well.
- Features: Originating from the Hunan province of China, Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum (Pink Chinese Loropetalum) has different growth habit and a wide variety of flower and foliage colors. It is an evergreen ornamental shrub/tree that matures between 6-10 feet tall with an equal spread, depending on the cultivar. Some species have upright growth habit maturing as trees, others are compact and shrubby, or prostrate-like with their slender arching branches.
Their rough-textured, alternate and variable ovate leaves (1-2 inches long) can range in interesting colors from light to dark burgundy, or reddish-purple to dark olive green, or ruby red to rusty brilliant red according to the various Loropetalum cultivars available, with foliage changing color as they mature and dependant on the amount of sunlight received.
Flowers are narrow strap-shaped petals that dangle like fringe and similar looking to the witch hazel, hence named ‘Chinese Witch Hazel’. Flowers range from stunning pink to reddish purple of varying hues!
The popular pink flowering cultivars are ‘Burgundy’ (synonym for ‘Sizzling Pink’), ‘Blush’ and ‘Ruby’, the latter being a true dwarf form.
- Care: Very low maintenance plant that does not need deadheading and is not bothered by serious insect or disease problems. In fact, our potted Burgundy Loropetalum has never been infested with any bug pests or disease during all the 3 years with us. Maybe fertilize quarterly to boost lushness and blooming. Since it’s a moderate-growing plant, pruning can be done when necessary, just to maintain desired size, shape and increase branching, which will result in more flowers. (Update – believe me when I say that it really loves an occasional haircut…you’d be amazed with the abounding blooms it’ll reward you in return! Follow the link beside my September 29 update below to see what I mean! :D )
- Usage: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum will be excellent as an accent plant in any garden or landscape with its uniquely colored foliage and shocking pink flowers. Since it can be trained as a single-trunk or multi-stemmed tree, it’ll be great at a garden patio in a stand-alone container, though grown on ground, it’ll be equally impressive. It’s useful too in informal hedge, mixed borders and screen.
- For sub-tropical & temperate regions: Check this site and here too for additional plant info and interesting introduction to other Loropetalum cultivars!
Burgundy Loropetalum – another plant which became an instant favorite of ours! Its maroon-burgundy-purplish and olive-green foliage with magenta-red or shocking pink flowers absolutely captivated us when we first saw it at a garden nursery 3 years ago. It was a beautiful matured plant of about 4 feet with such abundant flowers in a lovely container but it cost a bomb! Though mesmerized, we’re definitely not going to be slaughtered by its seller! We gardeners can be very patient, our plants taught us well! ;) Instead, we scouted and brought home a very young plant which was propagated from stem cutting and cost only RM4.00 (equivalent price for a bowl of noodles), as compared to RM130.00 for the matured tree!
Ever since, we continue to be captured by its beauty! Their impressively colored foliage itself can hold us spellbound! The foliage of Loropetalum chinese var. rubrum ‘Burgundy’ appears first in light reddish-purple deepening to burgundy, and then turns olive-green as it matures. Some leaves would even change to brilliant red or tinged with copper-red like autumn leaves before withering to the ground. It’s fascinating to see all these amazing foliage colors on the plant at the same time in different growth stages! Together with their shocking pink flowers that bloom intermittently throughout the year, it’s pure delight!! :D
Updated September 29, 2007 – View more images of our Sizzling Pink Loropetalum which bloomed beautifully a week after being pruned in mid-September, 2007!
Last edited: 2011-03-31