Purple Pixie Loropetalum
(Loropetalum chinense 'Purple Pixie')


Plant Description:

Loropetalum, also known as Chinese Fringe Bush, is often seen in landscapes as a large shrub.  ‘Purple Pixie’ is a relatively new cultivar having a dwarf size and weeping habit which makes it unique.  This shrub has showy pink flowers that resemble ribbons or fringe in spring, but the deep burgundy evergreen foliage gives it year-round interest.  Use it to add vibrant color to landscapes or containers. 

Mature Size:     1-2 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide

Growth Rate:     Moderate to Fast

Plant Habit:     Mounding/Spreading/Weeping

Plant Spacing:     4-5 feet


Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:    Burgundy/purple

Flower Color:     Magenta-Pink

Bloom Time:     Spring

Attracts Wildlife:     N/A

Uses:  Groundcover, mass planting, accent, containers


Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     7-10 

Exposure:     Full Sun - Partial Shade

Water Needs:     Low 

Soil Tolerances:     Moderately Drought Tolerant

Soil pH:     Acidic to Slightly Alkaline

Maintenance:     Easy/Low


General Care & Growing Tips: 

Loropetelum grows best if planted in a spot that receives full sun or light shade, and well-drained soil.  Once established, it will tolerate drought.  ‘Purple Pixie’ grows quickly and needs little pruning.  Prune to shape as needed after blooming.  Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring as needed.


Common Pests:

No insects or diseases are of major concern but plants are sometimes bothered by mites, nematodes, and root rot.


References:

Southern Living Plant Collection (n.d.), http://southernlivingplants.com

Wichman, T., Knox, G., Gilman, E., Sandrock, D., Schutzman, B., Alvarez, E., Schoellhorn, R., and Larson, B. (2006). Florida-Friendly Plant List.  Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook.  University of Florida.

 

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