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Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Ruby'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

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:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plantfreak78 On Aug 30, 2010, plantfreak78 from Rolesville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I can't believe there are no pictures posted of this awesome cultivar. Our nursery has been selling the heck out of these for years and we love it. We planted six on a berm in spring just before the drought of 2007. That summer we couldn't water them for fear that our wells would run dry. But we didn't lose one! The best part about it is the relatively small, tidy growth habit. Three years later our plants are right at 4.5' tall and seem to be content to stop right there.

Positive turektaylor On Jan 23, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

THIS is a gorgeous tree , not just for the flowers either !!

it is however one of the smallest/compact cultivars reaching between 3-5 ft , NOT 6-8 ft ,

it's a good foundation plant and as low hedges. shape after bloom to keep it's architectural beauty. when the leaves emerge they are bright ruby-red and darken to a deep maroon in the fall. the flowers are a fuchsia-pink they prefer moist acidic well-drained soil in sun to part-shade but otherwise unpicky.

it's 'biggest' bloom time is spring but flowers sporadically the rest of the season. trimming and dead heading may extend blooming period.

Plant in neutral to slightly acidic soil and irrigate once in a while
plants prefer it moist but not wet.


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

, (2 reports)
Berkeley, California
Auburndale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Matthews, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (3 reports)
North Augusta, South Carolina
Yorktown, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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