Purple Pixie Loropetalum
(Loropetalum chinense 'Purple Pixie')
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
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
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.
No insects or diseases are of major concern but plants are sometimes bothered by mites, nematodes, and root rot.
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.
Photos by: Alicia Lamborn
- UF/IFAS Sites
- Demonstration Gardens of the University of Florida's Extension Service
- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
- Types of Gardens
- Lawn and Garden Landscape Design
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org