Loropetalum chinense (R.Br.) Oliv.

Chinese Fringeflower

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Loropetalum

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 6 to 20' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Moist, well-drained acid soils. Quite drought tolerant once established. Blooms with strap-like or fringe-like flowers in early spring and often again in autumn.

Leaves alternate, simple, entire.


Red-leafed form is a variety with many cultivars. Also several green-leafed cultivars.

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Basionym is Hamamelis chinensis R.Br. published in 1818.

First published as Loropetalum chinense in 1862 in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 23(4): 459. Native to China (and Japan) and introduced in 1880 by Charles Maries.

RHS First Class Certificate in 1894.

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