Plant Profile: Purple Diamond Loropetalum
Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi'

Species Native Range: China
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7-9
Mature Size: 5 feet tall and wide
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Moist but well-drained
Ease of Culture: Easy

Loropetalums are without a doubt one of the most popular landscape shrubs of recent years. Having burst on the scene about a decade ago, they have quickly become a standard for residential and commercial landscapes. Some of their benefits include: evergreen leaves of purple or green, bright fuchsia pink flowers in mid to late March, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, practically pest-proof and you have a great landscape plant. This is one of my favorite evergreen shrubs.

Purple Diamond is a recent release that sports very deep purple leaves and the lovely fuchsia flowers which are beginning to bloom now. Flowers will appear sporadically through the season with a milder flush in the fall.

Use Purple Diamond Loropetalum as a low hedge, mixed with other shrubs in a shrub border or behind a bed of perennials or annuals. Good companion plants include Gold Mop Chamaecyparis, Knockout Rose, New Gold Lantana, Purple Muhly Grass, Forsythia, etc., etc.

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