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Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hines Purpleleaf'

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Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Loropetalum (lor-oh-PET-al-um) (Info)
Species: chinense var. rubrum
Cultivar: Hines Purpleleaf
Additional cultivar information: (aka Plum Delight, Pizzazz, Hines Burgundy)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Shrubs

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve
Red

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)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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7 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive dilla_girl On Mar 16, 2011, dilla_girl from Unadilla, GA wrote:

My loropetalum is five years old, and it has more blooms each year, making it an early spring standout in our garden. I have chosen not to tame it into a a manicured hedge but have let it grow as it pleases, so it has beautiful, long, graceful, arching branches. Everyone who sees it raves about it each spring. It is very hardy in zone 8, taking heat, drought, and the occasional hard cold very well, and I have yet to find a pest that likes it! THIS IS THE PERFECT SHURB!

Neutral Mertsie On Jan 24, 2011, Mertsie from (Zone 6b) wrote:

I am in mountainous zone 6b and these guys are NOT evergreen. Their leaves seem to die off but hang onto the branch all winter. I thought mine was dead the first year and right as I was going to pull it out in the spring I realized it had little neon pink buds all over it. Beautiful flowers!

Negative kaydiehl On Apr 10, 2010, kaydiehl from Pasadena, CA wrote:

Yes, it's easy to grow. But the color of the flower is really hard to deal with. Electric fuchsia. Quite jarring. And if you have anything red in the vicinity, it's downright painful. Plus, the beautiful dark red leaves turn green in the heat of the summer here in southern California. Not my favorite.

Neutral macybee On Nov 25, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Propagate from cuttings in summer.

Positive kcinsavannah On Mar 29, 2007, kcinsavannah from Savannah, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

We have a multi-trunk tree form Loropetalum, about 9ft tall. It gets no special care beyond trimming off the small branches that grow on the trunks close to the base occasionally. It's everygreen here in Savannah, Ga (8b) and flowers year round for us. Gets full sun until late afternoon.
Beautiful easy care plant!

Positive Suze_ On Apr 2, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

A fabulous shrub for the South, especially for those that don't care for the boxy look. Nice spring blooms. Slow growing the first year or two after planting, then it really takes off.

Positive vossner On Feb 4, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

great shrub, can provide dramatic color in the garden. I have some planted in full sun and some in part shade. Only difference to me is that the ones in full sun require more frequent trimming.

I grow these as shrubs, but also have one that has grown into a 6 ft tree. that one is planted in part shade. See pic.

I have lost a few which were planted in too wet an area.

Positive joshz8a On May 22, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Growing in a 20" container, this plant is a delight in all seasons. The foliage always has some deep burgundy-purple to dark lavender-red to rosy-pink cast, depending on whether it's new foliage or older, outer branches or inner. Here in zone 8a it keeps its foliage through winter, and often has a scattering of blooms when we have a few mild sunny days. Lovely in arrangements so it gets trimmed often, but does well for me in container, morning sun only and kept well watered. In full sun it seemed stressed and foliage color wasn't as vibrant, but that may be because it's in container. Healthy and no pest or insect damage. I really like this plant! joshz8a

Positive janders On Apr 4, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

The above says that this bush blooms in summer, but mine blooms in the spring. I bought it because I needed a bush to hide my air conditioning unit. It receieves very little attention from me, but it has bloomed beautifully every spring for three years. Very attractive even when not in bloom, and a nice alternative to green bushes.

Positive Paulwhwest On Apr 30, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This bush has beautiful flowers and foliage. My experience has been pretty good overall but it doesn't like much shade, and it needs lots of water.

Regional...

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

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Dothan, Alabama
Phenix City, Alabama
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Berkeley, California
Merced, California (2 reports)
Pasadena, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Clara, California
Auburndale, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hudson, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Naples, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Unadilla, Georgia
Scott, Louisiana
Starkville, Mississippi
Apex, North Carolina
Cary, North Carolina
Sylva, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Conway, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Diboll, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Katy, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Stephenville, Texas
Newport News, Virginia



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