Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Shang-hi' (Purple Diamond®)

Purple Diamond® Chinese Fringeflower




Patents: PP#18,331

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Loropetalum

Parent: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 5' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Compact rounded form. Foliage maintains a deep burgundy color, undersides are gray-purple. Dark pink flowers.


From patent application (2006): [quote: discovered by Thomas Dennis Meadows, Jr. and James Bryan Berry in March, 2003. 'Shang-hi' was found as an openly pollinated seedling of Loropetalum chinensis variety rubum (unpatented), maintained by Plant Development Services Inc., in Loxley, Ala. The values of this new cultivar lies in its dense, upright, globose growth habit, persistent dark purple foliage color, and abundance of dark pink flowers.

Southern Living Plant Collection.

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My Experience: 

I purchased 3 3-gallon plants at McCorkles in June 2009 and planted them in the 'Triangle Island Garden'. All seemed to be doing well during the summer but by the following spring the foliage was becoming sparse. I dug one plant and found that the soil was not draining so I dug and lifted all three to plant them much higher. They have since fared much better and become fuller and larger. Good flowers in autumn 2011.

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