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Purple Diamond® Fringeflower

Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi'

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Purple Diamond® Fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower flowers

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower flowers

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Purple Diamond® Fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower in bloom

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower in bloom

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Purple Diamond® Fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower foliage

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Chinese Fringe Flower, Chinese Witch Hazel

Brand:  Southern Living

Description:

Emerges in the spring with burgundy foliage, turning to a rich deep purple all summer long; this compact shrub has showy pink spider flowers in spring and and may repeat in fall; part-shade is best; needs regular watering, especially in midsummer heat

Ornamental Features

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower features showy pink spider-like flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. It has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain deep purple throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Purple Diamond® Fringeflower makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

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