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.