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Loropetalum chinense

An evergreen shrub, 2-3m high, with a spreading habit and rough, oval-shaped dark green leaves. Scented, tassel-like white flowers with long narrow petals are produced in late winter and early spring, followed by small woody nut-like seeds

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter White Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Hamamelidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Loropetalum are evergreen, free-flowering, shrubs with star-shaped hairs. Flowers are in clusters at the end of short branches, with thin, strap-like petals similar to those of their witch hazel relatives, and also produced in late winter and early spring

Name status

Correct

Plant range
China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, ideally in afternoon shade with shelter from cold winds. May need watering in dry spells in summer. Not suitable for waterlogged or shallow chalk soils. Best with winter protection or overwintered in a cold greenhouse

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by rooting semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Minimal pruning required, see pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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