Crimson Fire is a dwarf Loropetalum growing to 2-3 feet in height. The burgundy-red foliage is a beautiful contrast to the stunning, fragrant, hot pink fringe flowers which are all over the plant in spring. New growth in spring emerges ruby red maturing to burgundy with a purple tint. This is easy to grow and a well-behaved shrub.
It’s compact, spreading habit and foliage color and texture make Crimson Fire an excellent choice for: Mass Plantings, Small Groupings, Flowering Shrub Borders, Low Hedges, Home Foundation Plantings, Erosion Control on Slopes and Embankments, Container Gardens, Asian Theme Gardens, and as a Groundcover.
Culture & Care Tips
Crimson Fire Loropetalum does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in well-drained but moist soils with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. During the first season, water enough to keep soil moist but not constantly soggy. No pruning necessary however responds well to it.
- Resistant To: Deer Resistant, Drought, Insect, Disease, Mildew, Heat
- Attracts: Butterflys and honey bees
- Fragrances: Fragrant Flowers
This genus was classified by Robert Brown (1773-1858) of Great Britain in the mid 19th century.. He named it from the Greek loros for Strap, and ptalum for petal. This is the only cultivated species in the entire genus and is native to a large part of southeast China, the Himalayas and Japan. The first purple leaf species were not discovered in the Hunan Province until 1942. This species was originally named by D. Brown as part of the closely related whitchhazels.
Loropetalum is native to China but only recently brought into cultivation in the last few decades when selections and breeding in Asia have produced interesting parents of our mordern American hybrids and cultivars.