Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds
Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds

Loropetalum Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense 10 Seeds

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Loropetalum chinense, commonly called Chinese fringe flower, is a broad-leaved evergreen shrub of the witch hazel family. It has white or pink flowers. It is native to woodlands in China, Southeast Asia and Japan. It typically grows in a rounded multi-stemmed form to 6-10’ tall, but may over time rise to as much as 20’ tall. Alternate, ovate, dark green, evergreen leaves (to 2.5” long) have asymmetrical bases. Leaves are pale green and pubescent below. Brown shoots are pubescent. Lightly aromatic, spidery flowers bloom in clusters in spring (late March-April). Each flower has four narrow, downward-drooping, strap-shaped petals (3/4" wide and 1/16" long). This the cultivar Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum, which has burgundy leaves and pink flowers.

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-10 where plants are best grown in rich, humusy, acidic, moist, somewhat gritty, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Conservatively, this plant is best in USDA 8 or more, but it may do well in Zone 7 if planted in a protected location. Best sited in sunny areas with some afternoon part shade. In areas where winter temperatures are likely to dip into the teens, plants should be sited in locations protected from winds and given a root mulch. Mulch also helps plants retain soil moisture in summer. Plants generally produce best flowers and leaf colors in sunnier locations. Little pruning is needed other than what is necessary to maintain size and shape.


Seeds are Stored in a Refrigerator to Maintain Viability


Growing Instructions

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.


1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat.
2. Soak the seed in water for several hours.
3. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for two months.
4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
5. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
6. Water the container and leave it to drain.
7. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area.
8. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet.
9. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.