sizzling pink vs razzleberry fringe flower for for deepest foliage color - Knowledgebase Question

fresno, ca
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Question by tobinmartin
July 11, 2005
Loropetalum chinense: From your catalog description - Sizzling Pink

Answer from NGA
July 11, 2005
There are many Loropetalums with burgandy foliage - here are descriptions of those currently available:

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Monraz'
This cultivar was one of the first red flowered forms to hit the nursery trade. It is an exceptionally nice plant that is listed as growing to 6 feet tall to 4-5 ft. wide. In our test garden, our 3 year old plant has reached 4 feet tall and appears more upright and open growing than 'Hines Purpleleaf'. The foliage of 'Blush' emerges a rose-red then turns to a medium green. In our coastal climate, where this plant is always putting on new leaves, this makes for a multi-colored effect and as there are always some green tinged leaves present on this plant, it is more useful in a natural setting than other red leafed forms. The rose-pink flowers are lighter in color and larger than 'Hines Purpleleaf'.

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Burgundy' (also marketed as 'Sizzling Pink')
The new foliage on this evergreen shrub is reddish-purple then matures to purple-green. In the fall, the foliage will again change colors to a brilliant red. The pink flower blooms intermittently throughout the year. Grows 6-10 feet tall and as wide. Same growing requirements as other Loropetalum varieties.

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hines Purpleleaf' - Plum Delight (TM)
This plant is a very attractive cultivar retains good dark foliage color year round. Hines nursery describes it as a "rounded evergreen shrub that has gracefully arching branches similar to 'Bridal Wreath' Spirea". Mature size is 6-8 feet tall with a similar spread. The leaves, with a slight undulation through their length, emerge a rosy red and age to a dark bronze. The flowers, with 4 thin dark rose colored petals are clustered at the branch tips - flowers are smaller and darker than the cultivar 'Blush'

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Purple Majesty'
Rounded, evergreen shrub with graceful, arching branches to 6-8 ft. tall. Bright fuchsia, fringe flowers appear in masses in spring and then throughout the year. New growth is a dark burgandy, ultimately maturing to a brilliant purple. Can be used in a variety of ways - in mass plantings as a hedge; as a specimen tree or as a patio tree. Hardy to 15-20? F. Very similar to 'Hines Purpleleaf'.

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Raspberry Fringe'
A compact evergreen shrub with bronze-red new growth, with age the leaves turn olive-green. The pink flowers bloom through out the year, peaking in April. It will grow 4-6 feet high and as wide. May just be another name for Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Blush'.

Loropetalum chinense 'Ruby'
A compact, rounded evergreen shrub with shiny, ruby red young leaves. Pink, fringe flowers that bloom year round. 3-5 ft. tall. Sun or dappled shade. 15-20? F. Leaves are more rounded and undulating than other varieties. Also the smallest.

Hope one of these shrubs has all the characteristics you're seeking for your landscape!

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