Smith County Master Gardener
The first hot-pink ones came out 15 or more years ago. We bought some for the IDEA Garden. We were told they would grow 8 to 10 feet tall and that wide. Ours got at least 15 feet wide and tall. We took out all but one and tried it as a small tree (which is really pretty when pruned that way from the beginning). Our “tree” was so ugly, we cut it to within a few inches of the ground. You will now see it just behind the Rainbow Border in back of the north gate. It is now about 4 to 5 feet tall and we are going to have to prune it merciless to keep it that size.
Loropetalums come with beautiful burgundy foliage, purple foliage and green foliage. The oldest is green with white flowers. I am not mentioning any particular name because names change so quickly. Go to a nursery or garden center and look for Loropetalums, or Chinese Fringe. Be sure to check out the size and spread so you can get one perfect for your space. These guys need sun. They will take a bit of shade, especially in summer. Once settled in their new home, they will grow very fast.