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Ever Red Loropetalum - Chinese Fringeflower
Ever Red was the first variety of Loropetalum on the market to produce true-red flowers, instead of the usual pink or white produced by other varieties in the genus. More details below

Ever Red Loropetalum - Chinese Fringeflower

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Ever Red Loropetalum
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Chang Nian Hong' (EVER RED®) PPAF

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

Ever Red, formerly known as 'Ever Red Sunset', was the first variety of Loropetalum on the market to produce true-red flowers, instead of the usual pink or white produced by other varieties in the genus. The spring flowers have no pink in them - just red hot, and loads of them! 

Even though a couple other red-flowering varieties have come along, Ever Red is still one our favorites because it displays the deepest burgundy (almost black) foliage of any Loropetalum we've seen. Growing up to 6 feet tall and wide, Ever Red is an ideal choice for a colorful hedge or as a specimen or grouped in landscape and flowering shrub borders. It grows tall enough to "limb up" to a single- or multi-trunk tree that serves as an eye-catching focal point specimen in the landscape.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally to about 5 to 6 feet tall and wide, or kept smaller with occasional pruning, Ever Red 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 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:  4-5' for solid hedge;  8' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Ever Red 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 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-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing: 4' for solid hedges; 8'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  True Red
Flower Size:  1-1.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Spring, Mid-Spring
Flower Type:  Fringe
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Deep Chocolate-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 Lightly 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, Insect

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