Loropetalum chinense

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Loropetalum chinense
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Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum
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L. chinense
Binomial name
Loropetalum chinense
(R.Br.) Oliv.

Loropetalum chinense is commonly known as loropetalum,[1] Chinese fringe flower and strap flower.[2] Two forms of L. chinense exist; a white- (to pale-yellow-) flowering green-leafed variety and a pink-flowering variety with leaves varying from bronze-red when new to olive-green or burgundy when mature, depending on selection and growing conditions.

They are evergreen with branches forming horizontal layers.[1] The leaves are alternately arranged, ovate 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in) long by 2.5 cm (1 in) wide,[1] and have a slightly abrasive feel.

Cultivation and uses[edit]

L. chinense grows best in fertile, slightly acidic soil in full sun for deepest foliage colour and is hardy down to -15 degrees celsius (5 degrees fahrenheit). It is a popular ornamental plant, grown for its prolific clusters of flowers and (in the case of the pink flowering variety) deeply coloured foliage that may contain various green, copper, purple and red tones. The leaves, flowers and roots of L. chinense (Chinese: 檵木; pinyin: jìmù) are all used in traditional Chinese medicine.[2]

Varieties:

  • Loropetalum chinense 'Pizazz'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Rubrum'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Ruby'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Blush'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Burgundy'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hines Purpleleaf'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Purple Majesty'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Raspberry Fringe'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Razzle-Dazzle'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Zhuzhou Fuchsia'
  • Loropetalum chinense Black Pearl (PBR)
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Chang Nian Hong'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'China Pink'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Emerald Snow'
  • Loropetalum chinense Ever Red
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Griffcrl'
  • Loropetalum chinense Hot Spice
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Ming Dynasty'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Nci 002'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Rose Blush'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Snowdance'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Song'
  • Loropetalum chinense 'Tang Dynasty'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Glow'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Monraz'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Pearl'(PBR)
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Pipa's Red'
  • Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Daybreak's Flame'
  • Loropetalum chinensis 'Dazzle'
  • Loropetalum chinensis 'Peack'
  • Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum 'Purple Pixie'
  • Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum 'Shang-hi'
  • Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum 'Shang-lo'

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Floridata Plant Profile: #201 Loropetalum chinense" at Floridata.com Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Loropetalum chinense (R.Br.) Oliv." at Medicinal Plant Images Database. Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine. Retrieved 20 March 2019.