How to Care for a Loropetalum Shrub

The loropetalum shrub (Loropetalum chinense), also called fringe flower, is an evergreen member of the witch hazel family. It grows from 6 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet in diameter. In late winter or early spring, small drooping flower clusters develop. The flowers are red or white, depending upon the variety of loropetalum planted. The blooms continue to appear sporadically throughout summer and fall. Loropetalum does best when planted in full sun or partial shade, and in well-drained soil. It is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 7b through 9.

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Step 1

Dig a planting hole that's twice the width and equal to the depth of the shrub's root ball. Plant at the same level it was growing in its original container and water until the soil feels very moist.

Step 2

Add a 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the shrub to control weed growth and retain moisture. Keep the mulch 4 to 6 inches from the base of the shrub.

Step 3

Continue to water anytime the top inch of soil feels dry during the first growing season. After loropetalum is established it will only require supplemental watering during very dry conditions.

Step 4

Feed the shrub two to three times during the growing season with an all-purpose fertilizer.

Step 5

Prune to control the size and shape of the shrub in late spring, after the first flush of flowering is complete.