Chinese Witch Hazel, Chinese Fringe Flower, Pink Fringe Flower
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Daruma'

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Loropetalum (lor-oh-PET-al-um) (Info)
Species: chinense var. rubrum
Cultivar: Daruma

Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Dark/Black

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Antelope, California

Cedar Key, Florida

Raleigh, North Carolina

Rolesville, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 5, 2012, plantfreak78 from Rolesville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Now that I've grown this plant for at least seven years I have seen it at its best and at its worst. Despite what many people initially thought about Daruma's stature it is now clear that it will grow just as large as most other Loropetalums. Mine are now at least six feet tall. The good news is it blooms like crazy and can be quite a sight to behold. The bad news is you have to fertilize it consistantly or the foliage will not hold its purple hue.
Overall it's not so bad or I would have ripped it out of my landscape a long time ago.

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On Dec 12, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. I have grown other types. This is a dwarf plant that is most compact when grown in full sun. It seldom grows over 4 feet tall and wide. It prefers moist, acidic well-drained soil. If the soil is alkaline, the leaves do not attain its deep plum color for which it is known and grown.