- Naturally Compact
- Foliage Holds Color All Year
- Interesting Hot Pink, Frilly Flowers in Spring and Fall
- Pest Resistance
The fabulous Crimson Fire™ Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum ‘PIILC-I’) is the first truly compact variety. Developed by First® Editions, this gorgeous, low-growing evergreen plant features rich ruby-red foliage that persists all through the year.
This plant has the perfect shape for small space gardens and foundation plantings. They’ll work beautifully under low windows. Perfectly sized for smaller urban gardens, they never fail to bring compliments.
Vibrant hot pink flowers in spring are a bonus and are highlighted by the ruby-red foliage. You may even see a second flush of bloom in fall.
A beautiful evergreen with reddish-purple foliage and pink flowers doesn’t sound too much like Boxwood, does it? Well, many home owners use this plant in the same way as Boxwood. It’s simply gorgeous lining a walk, in containers, and as accents. It will breathe a new energy into your hedges and borders.
This long-lived woody shrub grows about 6 inches in a season. These compact plants are very neat and tidy with a sweet mounding habit and a low canopy.
You can prune them back to conform to any landscape setting. If you plan for their mature height and spread, you may never have to prune them at all!
It’s also known as the Chinese Fringe Flower and is pretty enough to stand out because of the richly colored leaves, but well-behaved enough to blend in and showcase other shrubs and flowers in the garden. It’s frilly neon pink flowers are set off perfectly against the dark red foliage in early spring.
How to Use Crimson Fire Loropetalum in the Landscape
While these plants are hardy in Zones 7 – 9, homeowners who live at the northern edge of Zone 7 will want to give this beautiful plant a sheltered spot in full sun. For people living in Zones 8 – 9, you’ll be able to use them as “Thrillers” in small containers, or “Fillers” in very large containers as a gorgeous display.
This plant grows low to the ground in a prostrate growth habit. This is wonderful for foundation plantings under low windows, in a sunny row to line a pathway, in a mass planting or as specimen plants in a perennial border.
Use them as an evergreen “backbone” to carry the look of a garden border by repeating them along the entire length. Try it with yellows and whites or blues and purples for a bold garden statement.
Plant it with Nikko Blue hydrangeas and Silver Carpet Snow-in-summer for a fresh riff on a classic patriotic cottage look. Or, stick with Hostas to create a low maintenance look for yourself. Mix both cool blue tones of select Hosta varieties and some of the super jazzy yellow-green varieties for a very modern look.
Just remember, you’ll get the best color if you plant your Crimson Fire Loropetalum in full sun. Try them in a sunny side yard. These are a perfect choice for low border planting in narrow areas where easy care nature and a colorful presentation will be appreciated.
These compact plants are wonderful next to a patio. If you’re in Zone 8 and 9, try them in containers and scattered around the deck for plenty of easy-peasy summer color.
Tips for Care
Be sure to use the Find Your Growing Zone using our zip code finder. If you are in Zones 7b, you’ll want to give it a sheltered position to ensure it’s protected from occasional cold winters.
Although they require very little maintenance, it will benefit from a placement in full sun and well drained, slightly acidic soil. Fertilize with an acid fertilizer, such as Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Fertilizer twice a year in early spring and mid-summer.
When planting, keep one hand on the pot and one hand on the top of the soil. Tip it over and tap it gently out of the pot. Try not to grab it only by the delicate branches, it’s far better to hold the soil/root ball for this pretty plant.
They like well-drained soil, so don’t plant it too deeply. When siting this plant, you’ll want to keep it away from foot traffic. This includes keeping it out of the path of dogs who may run through it.
As you are establishing them, periodically water it by saturating the entire ground around it. Then, let the soil dry out.
Once it’s established, they are very drought tolerant, as long as you receive regular rainfall. If you see any dried leaves in the interior of your plant, simply grab the hose and completely saturate the soil around the base of your plant.