Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Shang-lo' ('Peack')

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Patents: PP#18441

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Loropetalum

Parent: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 1 to 2' tall 4 to 5' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Dense low form with purple foliage and pink flowers. Slower growing than other cultivars.

History: 

From patent application: discovered by Thomas Dennis Meadows, Jr. and James Bryan Berry in March, 2003. 'Shang-lo' was found as an openly pollinated seedling of Loropetalum chinense variety rubrum (unpatented), maintained by Plant Development Services Inc. in Loxley, Ala. The value of this new cultivar lies in its dense, low, spreading to cascading 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 a 1-gallon plant from Lowes in July 2009 and planted it near the golf course. It struggled through the summer so I potted it up and nurtured it before planting again in the 'Blue Bird Perennials' garden in autumn. It seemed to be doing better but in the winter of 2010 suffered some cold damage. Definitely better shape through summer 2011. In summers it burned in full sun, in winter it burned from the cold. In spring 2013 I moved it to a more sheltered location but it did not survive the cold of winter 2014. I have spoken to others who have had similar problems with this plant. It does not live up to expectations at all and would be very hard to recommend.


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