Monday, February 22, 2010
Loropetalums are native to Japan and southeastern Asia. USDA Zones 7-10. Grows up to 12' high and 6-8' wide in full sun or semi-shaded conditions. Flowers have a stringy/papery appearance and are usually various shades of pink to red. There is also a less popular white form. Flushes of bloom appear several times throughout the year. New leaves have a reddish tint and old leaves may also develop a red-orange coloration before dropping. They are drought tolerant once established. Loropetalums are often seen trimmed into short shrubs in roadway medians or parking lot islands but I think their true beauty is in their natural form as a small ornamental tree.