Loropetalum chinense
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Loropetalum chinense

Loropetalum chinense, also known as Chinese Witch Hazel, is an alternative to azaleas, camellias, and gardenias. They work well in full sun to partial shade. No serious pest or disease problems have been noted.  

Two selections, ‘Blush’ and ‘Burgundy’ boast rich bronze-red to red-purple new foliage that matures to a deep olive- or purple-green. As winter approaches, the leaves turn a brilliant orange-red. The small blooms appear sporadically throughout the growing season and range in color from soft pink to vibrant fuschia. The flowers appear along the stem like a fringe. They are usually about ¾” to 1” long and tubular.  

Pruning should be done only when the plant has completed its bloom cycle. It has a natural graceful form, so take care to prune only as necessary to keep the plant at an acceptable size.  

As you are enjoying the zoo, you can find some wonderful examples of Loropetalum at China, along China Row, behind Meerkats. They are tucked into a lot of areas. Enjoy your day at the Memphis Zoo.



Posted by Zoo Info at 11:04 AM