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Carolina Midnight Loropetalum - Chinese Fringeflower
'Carolina Midnight' is a new introduction that will splash your landscape with some of the darkest foliage of any Loropetalum. More details below!

Carolina Midnight Loropetalum - Chinese Fringeflower

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Carolina Midnight Loropetalum
Loropetalum chinensis f. rubrum  'Carolina Midnight'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Loropetalum is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. Requires a well-lit space for overwintering indoors.



Special Attributes

'Carolina Midnight' is a new introduction that will splash your landscape with some of the darkest foliage of any Loropetalum. Called Chinese Witch Hazel its deep fuschia-pink fringe flowers contrast beautifully with the deep purple foliage in spring. Growing up 15 feet tall depending on pruning, Carolina Midnight is a taller growing Loropetalum perfect for use a natural or clipped colorful hedge or screen or "limbed up' to form an attractive specimen tree.  This shrub is deer resistant, pest free and once it is established is drought tolerant.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally to about 10-15 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide, or kept smaller with occasional pruning, Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is an ideal choice as an accent, in groupings or mass plantings, or in straight or staggered rows in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive evergreen flowering tree that can be used as a focal point specimen or in clusters. It's low water needs makes it suitable for use in Xeriscape plantings. The year round deep purple foliage contrasts nicely with plants that have yellow, light green, grey or other light colored foliage or flowers. A fine addition to purple-theme color gardens and large containers with a rim diameter of 16 inches or more. 

Spacing:  6' for solid hedge;  10-12' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is very easy to grow in most any average, most but well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. So make sure to plant Purple Diamond® in a well-drained site. When established, plants are exceptionally drought tolerant, requiring little if any supplemental irrigation. Foliage is more dense and colorful in full sun. Requires no pruning, however responds very well to almost any amount, making it an excellent choice for hedges.



Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Loropetalum shrubs.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Large Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-15'
Width at Maturity:  8-10'
Spacing:  6' for solid hedges; 10-12'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Broad, Bushy, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Deep Fuchsia-Pink
Flower Size:  1-1.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Spring, Fall
Flower Type:  Fringe
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Deep Purple, Reddish new growth
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun 
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sandy (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  4.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acidic)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insects



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