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Crimson Fire Loropetalum - Dwarf Chinese Fringeflower
Crimson Fire is a dwarf Loropetalum with a dense, mounding form to 2-3 feet in height with an equal spread. More details below

Crimson Fire Loropetalum - Dwarf Chinese Fringeflower

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Crimson Fire Loropetalum
Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum  'Crimson Fire'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  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

Crimson Fire is a dwarf Loropetalum with a dense, mounding form to 2-4 feet in height and width, depending on pruning. The intense, burgundy-red foliage is a stunning contrast to the fragrant, hot-pink fringe flowers which smother the plant in spring. New growth in spring emerges ruby red maturing to burgundy with a purple cast. This is an easy to grow and well-behaved shrub that fits perfectly in smaller garden spaces and in containers.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 2-4 feet tall and wide, depending on pruning, Crimson Fire 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. It's low water needs makes it suitable for use in Xeriscape plantings. The year round burgundy foliage contrasts nicely with plants that have yellow, light green, grey or other light colored foliage or flowers. A fine addition to red-theme color gardens and large containers with a rim diameter of 16 inches or more. 

Spacing:  3 feet for solid hedge;  6 feet or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Crimson Fire 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 in a well-drained site. When established, plants are exceptionally drought tolerant, requiring little if any supplemental irrigation. Foliage is more dense and deep in color 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 a 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-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  2-4', depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  2-4', depending on pruning
Spacing:  3' for solid hedges or mass plantings;  6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding, Bushy, Dense
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Pink to Bright Pink
Flower Size:  1-1.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Spring, Mid-Spring
Flower Type:  Fringe
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color: Ruby Red in Spring Matures to Burgundy
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, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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