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.