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LOROPETALUM chinense 'Fire Dance'

Image of Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'

James H. Schutte

Family

Hamamelidaceae

Botanical Name

LOROPETALUM chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Fringeflower, Fringe Flower, Loropetalum, Purple-leaved Chinese Fringeflower

General Description

Red leaf Chinese fringeflower is an evergreen shrub native to Japan, China and southeastern Asia. It bears fragrant, many-petaled, spidery dark pink flowers in late winter and early spring and sporadically at other seasons. The alternate, ovate leaves are leathery, rough on their upper surface, paler underneath. The cultivar ‘Fire Dance’ produces new foliage which is rub-red maturing though red purple to dark green with a hint of red. This large shrub has an upright to arching habit.

Loropetalum prefers fertile, moist well-drained soil. Partial shade is best for good growth, though full sun and have shade are tolerated. It is not tolerant of prolonged temperatures well below freezing and in the colder part of the range some winter protection is required to prevent damage. Little pruning is generally required, each year after flowering remove any dead or damaged growth. Loropetalum is susceptible to microelement deficiencies particularly in alkaline soils which can slow growth and cause plants to decline. Use Loropetalum ‘Fire Dance’ as screens, boarders, foundation plantings and in naturalistic or woodland gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Fuchsia, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Orange, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Red, Copper, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No