Loropetalum chinense 'NCI002' (Carolina Moonlight®)

Carolina Moonlight® Chinese Fringeflower

Flower and leaves

Flower and leaves


Patents: PP#18,977

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Loropetalum

Parent: Loropetalum chinense

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 4 to 5' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Compact form with green foliage and white flowers. New foliage has a yellow-green color. Blooms in late winter to early spring and often in autumn. Makes a good hedge.


Introduced by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana. Patent application filed in 2006. Discovered as an open-pollinated seedling which is thought to be a cross between Loropetalum chinense 'Hillier' which has white flowers and Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Blush' which has pink flowers, in North Augusta in 2001.

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My Experience: 

I purchased 3 8" pots from McCorkles in September 2009 and planted them along the pool fence in the 'Golf Course Hedge'. They struggled through the summer of 2010 and I realised they were not getting sufficient water from the lawn sprinklers that were supposed to reach back to them. In autumn I removed the center plant and potted it up, to replace it with Loropetalum chinense 'Peppermint' ('Gempei'). I then replaced another with the Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-white' (Emerald Snow®).

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