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Plum Delight Loropetalum - Chinese Fringeflower

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'Plum Delight' Loropetalum
Loropetalum chinensis  'Plum Delight'

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

Plum Delight Loropetalum, also known as Chinese Witchazel, is a fast growing evergreen flowering shrub that becomes smothered in bright fuchsia-pink fringe flowers in spring and sporadically through the year. The flowers contrast beautifully with the evergreen, deep burgundy foliage. Unlike some purple-leaved varieties, Plum Delight retains its leaf coloration on old and new growth. The new growth is almost as vivid as the flower color.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally to about 5 to 6 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, or kept smaller with occasional pruning, Plum Delight 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:  5' for solid hedge;  10' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Plum Delight 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 find 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 Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing: 5' for solid hedges; 10'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Broad, Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Pink
Flower Size:  1"
Flowering Period:  Early Spring, Mid-Spring
Flower Type:  Fringe
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Purple
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, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect

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