loropetalum purples - Knowledgebase Question

san francisco, ca
Question by jdegraaf
September 27, 2006
I am looking for a purple Loropetalum cultivar that will not show green leaves. Any suggestions? many photos of loropetalum I've found seem to have green leaves somewhere in the mass of purple foliage.

Answer from NGA
September 27, 2006


The purple loropetalum typically has leaves that are darker green than the species, but with burgundy tints. The foliage sometimes reverts to green when the leaves are exposed to hot afternoon sunshine. You may be able to keep the foliage purple if you provide afternoon shade, but doing so will reduce the number of flowers the plant can produce.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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