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Loropetalum chinenseLoropetalum chinense

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Loropetalum chinense
    lor-o-PET-ta-lum chi-NENS
  • COMMON NAME: Evergreen witchhazel
  • FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae
  • NATIVITY: China
  • GROWTH HABIT: Irregular, rounded shrub.
  • SIZE: 6 - 10' in cultivation, to 30' in the wild
  • HARDINESS: Zone (7) 8 - 9
  • CULTURE: Sun to light shade, in moist soils. Probably restricted to
    conservatories for the winter and container grown outdoors in the milder
    part of the year. I have had a plant out for two years with some protection and
    it has survived 0°F with some foliar burning.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Specimen, shrub border and naturalizing. A container grown
    patio plant for the mid-Atlantic.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, ovate to elliptical, serrate to entire, 1 - 2 1/2 " long, pubescent.
  • BUDS: Small brown, imbricate.
  • BARK: Stems are slender and brown.
  • FLOWERS: White, clustered in the axils of leaves, perfect. Four petals similar to
    witchhazel about 3/4" long. Mild fragrance when the plants flower in April.
  • FRUIT: Brown capsule like witchhazel.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.