Loropetalum chinense is commonly known as the Chinese Fringe Flower. It takes its name from the Greek word ‘loron’ meaning strap and ‘petalon’ meaning petal. The tassel-like flowers are similar to the closely related witch-hazel and consist of slender strap-shaped petals.
Loropetalums are popular ornamental plants grown for their clusters of flowers and horizontal branching which gives them a distinctive oriental feel. There are many forms, ranging from those with white to pale yellow flowers and green foliage through to pink flowering variety with deeper bronze and red foliage.
Whilst there are numerous varieties to choose from in garden centres, our pick was bred right here in Australia. Bred by the innovative horticultural team at Plant Growers Australia (PGA), this new selection brings together many of the desired characteristics of this genus.
Loropetalum ‘Plum Gorgeous’ performs well in full sun to part shade, is versatile in application from informal hedging through to containers and has a compact growing habit. In fact, ‘Plum Gorgeous’ is much more compact that most other loropetalums on the market and also has a more rounded and even shape.
With its branching structure, this is a perfect choice if you’ve got an oriental themed garden. They look great around the base of a garden sculpture to create that little bit of Asian inspiration.
Best of all – and the characteristic from which it takes its great name – is the deep plum coloured foliage which it maintains all year round. A common complaint of loropetalum coloured-leaf cultivars is that the deep foliage colour is often lost in the summer months however ‘Plum Gorgeous’ does very well at retaining its deep hues all year round.
In autumn and spring, and even into the summer months, Loropetalum ‘Plum Gorgeous’ will reward you with bright displays of vibrant raspberry coloured tassel flowers. The flowers will cause your visitors to ask ‘What’s that plant with the bright pink flowers?’
Grab a few of this particular variety if you are after that real variation in foliage in your garden. ‘Plum Gorgeous’ works really well planted against lime green plants as the colours contrast so nicely. Right now is a great time to plant them too.
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