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Loropetalum chinense 'Purple Diamond'

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Loropetalum (lor-oh-PET-al-um) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Diamond
Additional cultivar information: (PP18331, aka Shang-hi)
Hybridized by Meadows/Berry; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PlantNutt On May 16, 2010, PlantNutt from Lebanon, TN wrote:

Although I'm in zone 6b and was aware that these are rated winter hardy to only zone 7, I bought and planted almost two dozen of these last fall (2009) I was counting on global warming to keep our area warm this past winter! Some are along the eastern-facing wall of my home, some along the western-facing wall, and some just out in the open. When I planted them, I mulched them first with a 2" blanket of pine bark, overlaid with a 2" layer of pine needles. They were all planted in well-draining beds that had been generously amended with organic matter (our local soil is heavy clay). I watered them thoroughly once a week until December, whenever we had a dry spell.

Despite going through the coldest winter in 30 years in our area (just east of Nashville), all of my shrubs survived. Granted, in February and March, they all looked dead, with brown withered leaves (and I was kicking myself for "pushing the envelope" on the hardiness factor). But the stems were still flexible, not brittle, so I held out hope. Within a month (by mid-April), I could see new pinkish-purple leaves sprouting along the stems, and now (mid-May), they are all gorgeously leafed out again. Only a few put out a nominal show of flowers this spring, but I'm still delighted that they performed so admirably outside of their comfort zone.


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

Livermore, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Decatur, Georgia
Greenville, North Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Lebanon, Tennessee

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