When to prune loropetalum?

Q: Is it too late to prune my lorapetalums? Lena Goodberlet, email

A: The rule of thumb is to prune spring-flowering shrubs right after they bloom. If you prune loropetalums now, you’ll be cutting off all the buds that explode in pink profusion in March. But if yours is huge and you just have to make it smaller, January is the best time. When spring comes, new growth will cover all of the stubs your pruner left.

Q: I would like to add some compost from the Athens/Clarke County landfill to my vegetable gardens this winter. Should I turn the soil before or after adding the compost? Doug Evans, email

A: I think it would be better to till it in right after you spread it. Although microbial action will be minimal in cold weather, a bit of desired decomposition will occur. The compost particles will be a bit smaller and will more easily become homogeneous with your native soil when you till everything before planting this spring.

Q: My wife and I love the golden leaves of American beech. We want to plant one in our yard. We have had no success finding the tree at any local nurseries. Glenn Bosio, Marietta

A: Jim Rodgers at Nearly Native Nursery in Brooks (www.nearlynativenursery.com) says they have American beech plus 800 other native plants for the Southeast. Trees Atlanta (www.treesatlanta.org) hosts an annual tree sale in October that features more than 200 native trees, shrubs and vines

Q: Our six-year-old Leyland cypress, 15 feet tall, blew over in a drenching rain and subsequent wind. Can it be uprighted and staked? Or is it a goner? Stan Taylor, Acworth

A: It can be pulled back into place but it will need a stout nearby stake for at least two years. Here’s what I’d do: while the tree is down, use a post hole digger to dig a hole twelve inches away from where the trunk will be when vertical. Make the hole twenty four inches deep. Install an eight-foot-long pressure-treated 4-by-4 timber in the hole and pack dirt tightly around its base. Shovel dirt out of the spot where the Leyland cypress’ roots once grew and save it in a bucket. Using a wide strap around the tree trunk, slowly bring it upright and tie it loosely to the post. Use dirt from the bucket to cover the roots where they rest. The post will hold the plant upright for the next few years as it re-establishes a strong root system. Be sure to water it regularly in summer.

Q: I have noticed a huge explosion in the population of stinkbugs. I was assuming the cold weather would drive them away. How are they expanding so fast and are they going to be a nuisance? Brian Phillips, Johns Creek

A: Like other invasive species, stinkbug populations expand rapidly when conditions are good. The weather for this new pest has been great in Georgia for three years running. The brown marmorated stinkbug is a terrible pest in the Northeast. They will definitely be a nuisance in Georgia. They feed on all fruits, making pockmarks in the skin. These creatures, along with their kudzu bug kin, have made us a “stinky state”! I have details on brown marmorated stinkbug at bit.ly/GAstinkbug

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Pruning Overgrown Loropetalums: When And How To Prune A Loropetalum

Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) is a versatile and attractive evergreen shrub. It grows fast and can be used in many different ways in the landscape. The species plant offers deep green leaves and a mass of white flowers, but cultivars vastly expand the color choices. You can find loropetalum with foliage and flowers in eye-popping shades.

Loropetalum grows fast, often ending up as wide or wider as it is tall. This vibrant plant, also called Chinese witch hazel or Chinese fringe plant, thrives without pruning. However, if this shrub outgrows the space you have allotted for it in the garden, you may start asking how to prune a loropetalum. Pruning this plant is easy. Read on for tips on pruning a loropetalum.

Loropetalum Pruning Tips

Loropetalum plants generally range from 10 to 15 feet high, with a similar width, but they can get much taller. Specimens have reached 35 feet tall over 100 years. If you want to keep your loropetalum a specific size, you’ll need to trim back the plant. Severe loropetalum pruning should only be done when absolutely required since it detracts from the plant’s natural shape.

On the other hand, as long as your loropetalum pruning occurs at the right time, you can hardly go wrong. For top results, pick the best time for trimming loropetalums. Pruned during the appropriate season, the evergreen shrubs tolerate severe pruning and grow rapidly, so any loropetalum pruning errors are quickly forgotten.

Best Time for Trimming Loropetalums

According to experts, it is best to delay pruning a loropetalum until spring, after it has bloomed. Since loropetalum sets its buds in summer, autumn pruning reduces the next season’s flowers.

How to Prune a Loropetalum

How to prune a loropetalum depends on how much you want to cut it back. If you want to reduce size by a few inches, cut individual stems with a pruner. This will help maintain the natural, vase-shape of the bush.

On the other hand, if you want to dramatically reduce plant size, feel free to chop off as much as you like. This is one shrub that accepts almost any pruning. Pruning a loropetalum can even be done with shears. If you are pruning overgrown loropetalum, you might prune it back two times during the year, reducing it each time by about 25 percent.

I love to prune! So, if you scroll all the way to the end of this post, you’ll find a video of me in action. And I’m not talking about getting out the electric clippers and buzzing and hacking the heck out of a hedge – no. To me, pruning a plant is an art form. I waited a year and a half to find a Loropetalum Standard with burgandy foliage to compliment the trim on my house. So when I dropped in on one of our local nurseries that happened to be getting an order in from Monrovia that week it was bingo … perhaps my plant is on the horizon! I did not want “Razzleberry” and was delighted to find out they had Loropetalum”Sizzling Pink” in a tree form in stock and ready to ship.

Here’s the plant as I bought it on September 27, 2010

Here’s how the plant looks today on February 10, 2012

I took these pictures so you can see how densely this plant grows if not thinned out

This is the foliage color I wanted

Pruning to me is second nature – I look at a plant and see what I want to do. Lucy, who was shooting the video, had a few questions so I thought I’d answer them here for you too.

*Where do you start on a plant like this? I start by selectively thinning out smaller branches which then leads me to prune out larger branches. I’m basically trying to “de-blob” and open up the plant as a first step.

*Why such a small cut? I’m at the stage now where just the ends get tipped to encourage more upward growth – I want the plant to get taller not wider. Besides, it’s better to start with small cuts so you don’t have “pruner’s remorse”!

*Do you always prune the branches at an angle? Generally (but not always), yes. I prune the ends of this plant at an angle so it points the new growth in the direction I want it to go.

Watch the video below to see my dark-leafed plant on its way to graceful and beautiful form – just like an lacy umbrella!

The Terrifying Beauty of Spring, And How Crimson-Fire Loropetalum Can Help

With Spring fast approaching, those of us here in this lovely part of the country are faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem:

Our homes and gardens may soon be too beautiful!

Here is what we know: the vibrant pop of color from our Encore azaleas and freshly-potted roses has been linked to envy among neighbors, and our Endless Summer Hydrangeas are likely to cause dizziness and possible fainting into a breezy patch of Soft-Caress Mahonia-shaded rye grass.

No one said Spring-time in Tallahassee is easy.

From Crawfordville to Thomasville, Midway to Monticello, and beyond, we plant-lovers must now choose from an almost-endless array of soon-to-bloom options for our homes and gardens.

But there is hope.

We at Tallahassee Nurseries contend that, envious neighbors and the beginning of this article aside, there is no such thing as a garden that is too beautiful.

Embrace the color! we say.

With its deep-burgundy foliage and pink, spider-like flowers, the acclaimed Crimson-Fire Loropetalum is a great way to do just that.
To embrace the rich and complimentary color of this small and easy-to-grow shrub is to ask:

“So what if my garden’s beauty is approaching knee-weakening proportions?”

Crimson-Fire is easily maintained at three-to-four feet high and wide, with its weeping, prostrate form, and does well in full sun. It is remarkably disease and pest resistant, and looks gorgeous planted with the contrasting colors and textures of, say, Kaleidoscope Abelia and Blue Pacific Juniper. Unlike their large and generally unwieldy predecessors, these compact loropetalums (aka Chinese fringe flowers) actually stay small, and work well both as foundation plants or in a container.

Crimson-Fire Loropetalum can be planted with Kaleidoscope Abelia for a low-lying nebula of neon-pink seething beside kaleidoscopic limes and yellows.
(pictured above)

A few things to note before choosing Crimson-Fire Loropetalum:

– While this plant will tolerate partial shade, its deepest foliage color resides in its new growth, and Crimson-Fire will generate the most new growth (and produce the most flowers) when planted in a spot that receives full sun (six or more hours of direct sunlight).

– Crimson-Fire Loropetalum likes well-draining soil, and prefers not to be in a spot that is constantly wet. Let’s face it, though – Who among us has ever forgotten to water our plants? That’s right, everyone! The takeaway: water this plant religiously, as one would any other shrub one is establishing, but let’s not drown our Crimson Fire (no putting out the fire, so to speak).

– While generally easy to handle and plant, these loropetalums’ branches may break when removed carelessly from their container. Take care to flip the original container upside down and remove your Crimson-Fire slowly when planting.

– It is best to fertilize your Crimson-Fire Loropetalum in the Spring with a slow-release fertilizer, and best to prune them after they are finished blooming.

So what, exactly, are you waiting for? Come into Tallahassee Nurseries today and pick up some Crimson-Fire Loropetalum for your home garden. It’s easy to grow, it’s downright gorgeous…

…and that’s just something the folks across the street will have to get used to!

*This article was written by Dillon Dugan (Tallahassee Nurseries Employee)

Crimson Fire Loropetalum

The fabulous Crimson Fire™ Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum ‘PIILC-I’) is the first truly compact variety. Developed by First® Editions, this gorgeous, low-growing evergreen plant features rich ruby-red foliage that persists all through the year.

This plant has the perfect shape for small space gardens and foundation plantings. They’ll work beautifully under low windows. Perfectly sized for smaller urban gardens, they never fail to bring compliments.

Vibrant hot pink flowers in spring are a bonus and are highlighted by the ruby-red foliage. You may even see a second flush of bloom in fall.

A beautiful evergreen with reddish-purple foliage and pink flowers doesn’t sound too much like Boxwood, does it? Well, many home owners use this plant in the same way as Boxwood. It’s simply gorgeous lining a walk, in containers, and as accents. It will breathe a new energy into your hedges and borders.

This long-lived woody shrub grows about 6 inches in a season. These compact plants are very neat and tidy with a sweet mounding habit and a low canopy.

You can prune them back to conform to any landscape setting. If you plan for their mature height and spread, you may never have to prune them at all!

It’s also known as the Chinese Fringe Flower and is pretty enough to stand out because of the richly colored leaves, but well-behaved enough to blend in and showcase other shrubs and flowers in the garden. It’s frilly neon pink flowers are set off perfectly against the dark red foliage in early spring.

If you’re looking for a plant that will really stand out all year, order a few Crimson Fire Loropetalum for your landscape today!

How to Use Crimson Fire Loropetalum in the Landscape

While these plants are hardy in Zones 7 – 9, homeowners who live at the northern edge of Zone 7 will want to give this beautiful plant a sheltered spot in full sun. For people living in Zones 8 – 9, you’ll be able to use them as “Thrillers” in small containers, or “Fillers” in very large containers as a gorgeous display.

This plant grows low to the ground in a prostrate growth habit. This is wonderful for foundation plantings under low windows, in a sunny row to line a pathway, in a mass planting or as specimen plants in a perennial border.

Use them as an evergreen “backbone” to carry the look of a garden border by repeating them along the entire length. Try it with yellows and whites or blues and purples for a bold garden statement.

Plant it with Nikko Blue hydrangeas and Silver Carpet Snow-in-summer for a fresh riff on a classic patriotic cottage look. Or, stick with Hostas to create a low maintenance look for yourself. Mix both cool blue tones of select Hosta varieties and some of the super jazzy yellow-green varieties for a very modern look.

Just remember, you’ll get the best color if you plant your Crimson Fire Loropetalum in full sun. Try them in a sunny side yard. These are a perfect choice for low border planting in narrow areas where easy care nature and a colorful presentation will be appreciated.

These compact plants are wonderful next to a patio. If you’re in Zone 8 and 9, try them in containers and scattered around the deck for plenty of easy-peasy summer color.

#ProPlant Tips for Care

Be sure to use the Find Your Growing Zone using our zip code finder. If you are in Zones 7b, you’ll want to give it a sheltered position to ensure it’s protected from occasional cold winters.

Although they require very little maintenance, it will benefit from a placement in full sun and well drained, slightly acidic soil. Fertilize with an acid fertilizer, such as Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Fertilizer twice a year in early spring and mid-summer.

When planting, keep one hand on the pot and one hand on the top of the soil. Tip it over and tap it gently out of the pot. Try not to grab it only by the delicate branches, it’s far better to hold the soil/root ball for this pretty plant.

They like well-drained soil, so don’t plant it too deeply. When siting this plant, you’ll want to keep it away from foot traffic. This includes keeping it out of the path of dogs who may run through it.

As you are establishing them, periodically water it by saturating the entire ground around it. Then, let the soil dry out.

Once it’s established, they are very drought tolerant, as long as you receive regular rainfall. If you see any dried leaves in the interior of your plant, simply grab the hose and completely saturate the soil around the base of your plant.

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Pruning 101: How to Prune Loropetalums

By Kim Toscano

One of the several advantages of Southern Living® Plant Collection’s Loropetalums is their easy-care growth habit. These low-maintenance shrubs have a compact size that requires very little pruning. Unlike other loropetalums, Purple Pixie® Dwarf Weeping Loropetalum grows only 1- to 2-feet tall by 4- to 5-feet wide.

Even Purple Diamond® Semi-dwarf Loropetalum is more manageable than standard loropetalums, which can swallow your house without pruning. The compact Purple Diamond® Loropetalum grows to an average size of 4- to 6-feet tall and wide.

However, there are times when pruning loropetalums may be desirable. Perhaps you have an older variety that has outgrown its home or you wish to maintain a more compact plant for a container or other small space. Rest assured, loropetalums respond well to pruning.

Pruning Tips for Gorgeous Loropetalums

Timing

Plan your pruning for spring after plants have finished flowering, otherwise, you risk cutting off the flower buds.

Form

Part of the beauty of loropetalum lies in its free-flowing, natural form. Keep this in mind as you prune by making cuts at different lengths to maintain the shrub’s natural appearance. As you work, step back frequently to look at the overall shape.

Basic Pruning

Start by removing any dead branches, cutting them at their point of origin. Look for damaged limbs and trim these an inch or two beyond the break. Next cut back any stray or unruly shoots that detract from the overall form of the shrub. In general, cutting stems back to the point of origin or a lateral branch (called thinning cuts) is preferred to simply clipping the tips of branches, as it promotes more natural growth. Basic selective pruning can be performed annually.

Size Reduction

Overgrown loropetalums may be cut back after blooming to reduce size. While plants tolerate heavy pruning, it is best to remove only one-quarter to one-third of the plant at a time. Use thinning cuts to maintain a strong form. Loropetalums regrow quickly. If you anticipate needing to prune regularly to control size, transplanting the shrub to another location may be a better option. Do this during the dormant season. Then you may plant a more compact variety like Purple Daydream® Dwarf Loropetalum in its place.

Loropetalum are extremely versatile shrubs. They may be sheared into formal hedges or topiaries, limbed up into a tree form or standard, and trained flat against a wall. However, the natural form is striking, so why go through that trouble? To avoid the task of repeated heavy pruning, select a variety that can mature to its full size in the space available.

Chinese Fringe Flower Care Guide

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General Information

Loropetalum chinense, or Chinese Fringe Bonsai, is a genus of flowering shrubs (related to Witch Hazel) that originated in China and Japan. While the original form has green foliage and white blooms, in 1989 a Japanese nursery provided the first pink-flowered variation of the plant to the U.S. National Arboretum. Within just over a decade there were numerous cultivars of Loropetalum chinense var. ‘rubrum’ being offered in the trade and the bonsai world had begun to take notice of this attractive specimen.

Tree’s Attributes

The red varieties of this plant differ slightly in their traits. Depending upon the type, the Chinese Fringe Bonsai may grow to a height between 5 and 12 feet, with proportionate width. The ‘Ruby’ cultivar is a popular one for its compact size, shiny, rounded, ruby red leaves, and pink flowers. The flowers on ‘Purple Majesty’ are fuchsia and its leaves gradually turn a vibrant purple.

The leaves are usually ovate, alternating, and grow up to 1-2″ in length. Their color varies depending on cultivar and time of the year – most have a red, copper, or burgundy tint, with some fading to green by the end of the season. The flowers are one of the unique draws on this plant – the 2″ blooms are comprised of skinny petals that give them the look of a pompom. The brown bark exfoliates over time, giving way to a smooth, lighter grayish-brown.

Read the rest of our Chinese Fringe Flower care guide to learn its temperament, watering, pruning, and more.

Temperature/Lighting/Location

Chinese Fringe Flower is extremely heat tolerant, and can survive fairly cold temperatures as well. While the plant may be able to withstand weather down to 10 degrees, keep in mind that all container bonsai need root protection in winter. This plant does well indoors during the winter as long as it has light; no dormancy period is required. Outdoors it should be placed in full sun or partial shade (less than 50%). More sunlight helps some varieties to maintain their colored foliage and bloom vigorously.

Watering

As an evergreen the Fringe Flower has similar watering needs to others in this classification. It should not be permitted to completely dry out, but should not be consistently soaking wet either. Moderate moisture levels will do. Check the plant twice a day, morning and evening, to ensure that it has not become too dry, particularly in summer.

Fertilizing

Loropetalum is an acid loving plant, so a pH of 5.1-5.5 should be maintained. Feed after the first burst of blooms in spring, using a fertilizer made for evergreens. Always apply fertilizer at the drip-line of the Chinese Fringe Bonsai, not directly under the plant where it could burn the feeder roots. Water it immediately following application.

Pruning/Training

The wide spread of this plant makes it suitable for many forms, including broom, cascade, windswept, and informal upright.

Pruning Loropetalum can be challenging due to its resistance to budding back. One way to work around this issue is to plant it in a five gallon pot for the first few years, which convinces the plant that it is planted in the ground. This allows you to prune with more successful back budding.

Once you begin pruning, do so in early spring, or right after flowering occurs. Start by conservatively pruning a few branches, then when you see healthy growth from those, go ahead and do a few more. This method will take time to result in the bonsai shape you desire but it will be worth it, because if you prune more aggressively the tree may die. Chinese Fringe Flower tends to grow in a wide horizontal spread with a dense branch structure. Once new growth occurs it will be fast and vine-like, then you will be able to use clip and grow for maintenance.

This species takes easily to wiring, however because it is a fast grower you will need to watch the wires closely to avoid cutting in.

Propagation

You may propagate by sowing seeds in late winter or early spring; a warm greenhouse is best. Cuttings of semi-hardwood about two inches long with a heel may be rooted in the middle of summer.

Repotting

Repot every other year into moist but well-draining soil. This plant prefers acidic, compost-rich soil but will adapt to conditions that are less than perfect. It is, however, important to maintain the pH level to an acid balance, otherwise the Chinese Fringe Bonsai will show signs of chlorosis (yellowing leaves with green veins).

Insects/Pests & Diseases

Fringe Flowers are incredibly disease and pest resistant, adding to their allure as a bonsai. Occasionally aphids will infest new growth, in which case you can usually just spray the plant with a gentle jet of water, or rinse the leaves with a spray of one teaspoon dish detergent and a quart of warm water. Rinse with plain water after applying the soap mixture.

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Chinese Fringe Flower, Loropetalum chinense

While boxwood, pittosporum, and hebe may be hogging the shrub spotlight, loropetalum can put up a fight when it comes to competing for a leading role. In fact, Chinese fringe flower soared from relative obscurity to plant fame (becoming widely available) in less than five years, an incredibly quick ascent for a new plant introduction. The explanation for this insta-success will seem obvious after you meet this evergreen shrub.

As a garden designer, I use loropetalum when I need an evergreen shrub that is charming to look at year round, is not demanding of my time, and infuses the landscape with vibrancy even when out of bloom. (I’m fond of show-offs only when they are plants.)

With handsome, burgundy-colored foliage and bright, fringed flowers in spring, this fast-growing evergreen shrub can fill a hole in a flower border and create a foil for other silvery shrubs or flowering perennials.

Please keep reading to learn whether loropetalum is the best shrub for your garden.

Above: Loropetalum chinense. Photograph by Tatters via Flickr.

Loropetalum, native to woodlands of the Himalayas, China, and Japan, is a genus of mainly large evergreen shrubs in the witch hazel family. The resemblance to its cousins is clear when the plant starts pumping out masses of frilly, spidery flowers in early spring or (if you’re horticulturally lucky) sporadically throughout the year.

Above: A white variety of Loropetalum chinense. Photograph by Jean via Flickr.

The plant’s typical white-flowering, green-leafed species (Loropetalum chinense) arrives on the US plant scene in 1880, but remained generally under the radar for a century. But in the 1980s, when eye-catching maroon-leafed, pink-flowering varieties hit the market, loropetalum justifiably became the popular girl.

Today there are cultivars that will grow to a variety of heights (from two to 15 feet), with a range of foliage colors (olive, bronze, burgundy, and fiery red) and flowers (pink, white, and red).

Above: A variety of loropetalum with attractive, burgundy-colored leaves. Photograph by Faunng’s Photos via Flickr.

Loropetalum’s versatility is another fine trademark. The shrub can thrive in mild coastal climates in full sun, yet can accept shadier spots inland. Chinese fringe flower feels at home in most garden designs when the foliage color and loose arching habit is used to its advantage.

Two of my favorite cultivars are L. chinense ‘Ever Red’ (with red flowers that complement wine-rich burgundy foliage, it can grow to six feet high and wide) and ‘Burgundy’ (new foliage emerges reddish-purple then ages to purple-green). This variety quite probably offers the most contrast between the hot-pink flowers and foliage and grows to a mature size of six by 10 feet.

Above: Loropetalum chinense ‘Ever Red’ is available at Green Acres Nursery & Supply in California.

Cheat Sheet

  • Loropetalum is versatile and adaptable to various landscape designs but especially lovely in woodland, Asian, or cottage gardens.
  • Because some varieties can soar to heights of up to 15 feet, they are the perfect-privacy hedge candidates in zones where they remain evergreen.
  • Chinese fringe flower is attractive when grown as a foundational backdrop, single specimen, or in espalier form.
  • The burgundy-leafed varieties especially stand out when paired with plants with chartreuse foliage.

Above: Loropetalum ‘Fire Dance’. Photograph by Manuel M.V. via Flickr.

Keep It Alive

  • Plant loropetalums in sun or part shade for best leaf color and flower production.
  • While not minding the occasional trim to control shape and size, this shrub prefers to be pruned in the spring after blooming to avoid compromising next spring’s flowers. Also, avoid overzealous shearing, which reduces the naturally graceful form.
  • Chinese fringe flower is typically deer-proof, but on occasion I have seen marauders develop a taste for it, sadly stripping the leaves off the stems.
  • Loamy, slightly acidic (but well-drained) soil is preferred. Also irrigate occasionally because this plant prefers soil moist but not soggy.
  • While hardy to USDA zone 7, the shrub loses its leaves in northern regions. (Loropetalum freezes to the ground at around 5 degrees Fahrenheit.)

See more growing tips in Chinese Fringe Flower: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design in our curated guides to Shrubs 101. Read more:

  • Everything You Need to Know About Shrubs
  • Shopper’s Diary: Specimen Trees and Special Shrubs from Solitair Nursery in Belgium
  • Witch Hazel: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design
  • Landscape Ideas: Boxed in by Boxwood? 5 Shrubs to Try Instead

Chinese Fringe Flower

Chinese Fringe Flower

A fast-growing evergreen shrub that blooms boldly in spring, Chinese fringe flower delivers long-lasting interest to your landscape. Add it to a foundation planting or incorporate it in a perennial border for its evergreen foliage and shrubby texture. Visit your local garden center to see which cultivars are available in your area.

genus name
  • Loropetalum chinense
light
  • Part Sun,
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
height
  • 3 to 8 feet,
  • 8 to 20 feet
width
  • 6 to 10 feet
flower color
  • Red,
  • White,
  • Pink
foliage color
  • Blue/Green
season features
  • Spring Bloom
problem solvers
  • Drought Tolerant,
  • Good For Privacy
special features
  • Low Maintenance
zones
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9
propagation
  • Stem Cuttings

Where to Plant Fringe Flower

Chinese fringe flower is useful throughout the landscape. Large varieties block views of neighboring landscapes or mask a wall or compost pile. Plant a row of as an ever-changing, always-interesting hedge along a patio or outdoor room. A focal point on its own thanks to showy, fragrant spiderlike flowers and evergreen foliage, Chinese fringe flower can anchor a shrub planting or perennial border. Plant it alongside heavenly bamboo, lilyturf, pittosporum, juniper, or camellia for an easy-care shrub border.

Growing Fringe Flower

Chinese fringe flower grows best in full sun or part shade and moist, organically-rich, well-drained soil. The best planting site receives full sun in the morning and light shade in the afternoon. In Zone 7, plant it where it will receive protection from cold winter winds and protect its root zone with a thick layer of mulch in late fall. Remove the mulch in early spring. North of Zone 7 this shrub is deciduous.

Chinese fringe flower only requires pruning if you want to control the size of the plant. Prune in late fall after the plant finishes flowering. Chinese fringe flower grows best in moist soil, so spread a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch over the root zone to help conserve soil moisture. Water plants deeply during extended periods of drought.

New Types of Fringe Flower

Plant breeders have recently brought unique varieties of Chinese fringe flower to the market that feature stunning foliage and colors.

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