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Loropetalum chinense 'Zhuzhou Fuchsia'

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Loropetalum (lor-oh-PET-al-um) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Zhuzhou Fuchsia

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jbgregg On Dec 12, 2009, jbgregg from Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hardier than other cultivars. Some tip burn/dieback when temperatures hit low single digits, but haven't lost a plant down to zero. It's a multi-season plant that draws many compliments, especially in bloom. Some protection from wind recommended below freezing, esp if in an exposed area.

Propagate from cuttings in early-mid-summer. Or

From seed:
Once capsules are completely open, seed disperses quickly, so try to collect seed as capsules begin to open.

Surface sow (try the plastic containers one normally gets with Chinese carry-out - with tight fitting clear tops - effective micro-climate for small quantities of seed) and don't exclude light during warm cycles.
Fresh seed germinates best - seed dried 6 months germinated about half the rate of fresh seed.
warm, cold, warm, cold (in 3 month periods) and leave cold until germination starts (after 5-6 months) or, for higher % germination results:
warm, cold, warm, cold, warm, cold, and leave cold until germination starts.
Both schedules did not germinate until left cold in the last cycle for 5-6 months.

Seed grown plants from Zhuzhou produce a variety of leaf color, from bright green to dark purple.

Negative lshields On May 1, 2009, lshields from Sag Harbor, NY wrote:

Planted 5 plants in early spring and they all took and grew though not rapidly. All 5 died during a tough zone 7 winter but not below 0 F and in a protected area.

Positive Shirley1md On Jul 5, 2003, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a fast growing shrub (4 ft. in a single growing season) which prefers acid and moist growing conditions. It is effective as a single specimen or in a grouping.

It was cultivated as an ornamental in Hunan, Jiangxi & Zhejiang provinces.

This variety is the most cold hardy of the pink flowering forms.


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

Hollywood, Florida
Royston, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Bishopville, Maryland
Dundalk, Maryland
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Garner, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Rolesville, North Carolina

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