Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'

Description: Dark red purplish rounded leaves that have an opaque appearance when back lit by the sun. A close relative of the Hamamelis. Similar flower structure with pink tassle like flowers covering the shrub in mid spring to early summer. A very attractive plant that should be planted more commonly by Landscapers and Designers .  The new growth is bright pink and red and provides an interesting contrast to the dark purple older foliage.

Uses: Front of a mixed shrub border, unusual plant often found growing in botanical gardens.

Climate/Position: Well drained soil. Dappled shade preferred, 

Height/Spread: Height: 1m  Spread : 1m

Soil Requirements:  Neutral to slightly acidic soil type .

Pruning: Little pruning , dead head after flowering

Special Requirements: Winter protection, brought into glass house or planted in a sheltered position

Additional Interest: Loropetalum chinensis was collected by Charles Maries on a plant hunting expedition to Japan in 1880. He was collecting species to bring back to the UK for Messrs Veitch the well known plant hunters.