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Loropetalum chinense - (R.Br.)Oliv.

Common Name Fringe Flower, Chinese Fringe Bush
Family Hamamelidaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky hills and dry open woods, often on limestone[184, 260]. Stream banks, hilly slopes and roadsides[147].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to China and Japan.
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Loropetalum chinense Fringe Flower, Chinese Fringe Bush

Loropetalum chinense Fringe Flower, Chinese Fringe Bush


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Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect, Vase.

Physical Characteristics

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Loropetalum chinense is an evergreen Tree growing to 2 m (6ft) by 1.2 m (4ft in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year, in flower from February to April, and the seeds ripen from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


L. indicum. Hamamelis chinensis.


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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Depurative;  Haemostatic;  Pectoral.

The whole plant is depurative, haemostatic and pectoral[147]. A decoction is used in the treatment of coughing in tuberculosis, dysentery, enteritis etc[147, 218]. The leaves can be crushed and pulverised for external application on wounds[147].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Screen, Standard, Superior hedge, Specimen. Requires a rich well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or light shade[188]. Requires a lime-free humus-rich soil[182]. One report says that it succeeds on a sheltered north wall[182] whilst another says that it needs a sunny position[219] and another says it needs warm summers[260]. Prefers a cool root run[182]. This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain, it is also slow growing[184]. It succeeds outdoors in the mildest areas of the country, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[184]. Plants do not flower well if the temperature drops below 5°c[200]. The Japanese form of this species might be hardier[11]. Plants grow taller in their native habitat, reaching a height of 3 metres[200]. The flowers emit a delicate sweet perfume[245]. Some named forms have been developed in Japan for their ornamental value[182]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.


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Seed - sow in a warm greenhouse in late winter or early spring[188]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[200]. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering in the spring[188].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Sylvia S.Shoemaker   Sat Jun 12 12:00:22 2004

Do you have any information regarding people having an allergic reaction after having contact with this plant? Recently I had an Anaphalaxis attack after pruning this bush. Any information you have concerning this would be appreciated.

Paul Melsom   Tue Apr 11 2006

This site looks like it has very good potential..However please could you read the info you put on the site because you have a glaring contradiction for Alkalia or Acid soil growing conditions see below. Loropetalum chinense Habitat Rocky hills and dry open woods, often on limestone[184, 260]. Stream banks, hilly slopes and roadsides[147]. Cultivation details Requires a rich well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or light shade[188]. Requires a lime-free humus-rich soil[

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