The Q&A Archives: Lorapetalum Topiary

Question: I asked a previous question about a lorapetalum topiary. I was told to try a lantana and bring inside. I am looking for something to stay on my front porch year round. Will a lorapetalum topiary work there? It gets hot afternoon sun. Will it be easy to keep in a small ball topiary and will it do well there? Thank you for your prompt response.

Answer: Loropetalum is often trained into a topiary, but a rather large one. It can grow 10-15 feet tall and wide. Unless you have a very large porch, you probably won't be happy with the plant's required maintenance to keep it small.

Some of the special forms Monrovia grows include Espalier, Bonsai, and Tear Drop or Poodle cut topiaries. Eugenia myrtifolia makes a terrific topiary, as does Prunus caroliniana 'Bright N Tight'. They both grow well in full sunshine. Perhaps one of these plants will suit your purposes. Best wishes with your garden!

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