Lovely Loropetalum Plants In The Yards
Loropetalum plants are lovely flowering plants with deep purple foliage with glorious fringed flowers. These plants are native to Japan, China, and southeast Asia, but also grow in other parts of the world. Some species are evergreen flowering shrubs, while others are small flowering trees. This genus includes the species Loropetalum chinense, Loropetalum lanceum, andLoropetalum subcordatum. Commonly called the Chinese fringe flower, L. chinense has white flowers, but its bubrum variety has flowers with varying shades of pink. L. chinensegrows up to a height of 15 feet (4.5 m). L. subcordatum and L. lanceum have white flowers and grow up to 45 feet (about 13 m) tall. These shrubs and small trees typically bloom heavily with differently colored flowers during early spring, but they may also bloom sporadically throughout the year. Their flowers have four to six petals that are 0.4 to 1 inch (1 to 2.5 cm) long and are usually grouped together with three or more blooms.
Loropetalum plants are often used as landscaping plants, with popular cultivars having flowers in a variety of colors, such as magenta, purple, or white with red streaks. These arched-branch plants should be given plenty of room to grow, as they can reach up to 45 feet (about 13 m) tall with a spread of up to 12 feet (3.7 m). They do not need pruning to induce flowers or better growth but can be pruned for decorative purposes.