Loropetalum chinense ‘Black Pearl’

Chinese Fringe Flower

(3 customer reviews)

From £7.46

A dramatic compact shrub with a maximum size of 1.5 metres, with fantastic dark purple evergreen foliage.

The spidery pink flowers are very like those of witch-hazel and produced in February and March.

Origin: Japan and south-eastern Asia
Genus: Loropetalum
Species / Cultivar: chinense 'Black Pearl'
Common Name: Chinese Fringe Flower

Plant Biography

Loropetalum chinense is native to Japan and south-eastern Asia including southern China. It was introduced to UK in 1880.

In China, from where specimens in cultivation originate, this species is mainly or wholly confined to warm regions and low altitudes – hence needing winter protection in colder gardens. It might prove hardier if cultivars were developed from Japanese populations, which grow in harsher environments and may be hardier.

Loropetalum chinense ‘Black Pearl’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Moderate
Some special care needed, which may include pruning or winter protection.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.2-1.8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.2-1.8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.

Expert Tip

This unusual plant creates wonderful year round interest, and works brilliantly as contrast amongst greener planting schemes - perhaps throwing in a few other dark purple accents like Salvia 'Caradonna' or Phormium 'Platts Black' to tie everything together.

Care & Size Guidance

Better for milder gardens, this will thrive in a sheltered sunny spot away from frost pockets and harsh winds. Loropetalum has few pests and requires no pruning except to maintain desired size.

Very competitively priced plant in a good size pot and excellent condition. Lovely leaf colour and will produce beautiful dark red flowers.

McDermott B.

Very competitively priced plant in a good size pot and excellent condition. Lovely leaf colour and will produce beautiful dark red flowers.

3 customer reviews for Loropetalum chinense ‘Black Pearl’

This is a repeat order as I was so pleased with my initial plant. It was in very good condition, well grown on and very well packaged to avoid damage in transit.

Roger W.

Excellent experience. Quick to despatch and receipt of a wonderful plant. Plant in good condition and well packaged. It is now up to me to look after it.

Jacqueline J.

Very competitively priced plant in a good size pot and excellent condition.
Lovely leaf colour and will produce beautiful dark red flowers.

McDermott B.