It is difficult not to notice in a flower bed or in a garden a plant of Loropetalum because it is a species able to immediately capture our attention thanks to its appearance. He has no European origins, he arrived very late in our continent but he immediately won the sympathy of those who design and draw gardens due to his ability to furnish and characterize them with taste.
We often find the Loropetalum in parks and gardens, perhaps we do not know its name, we do not yet know how to connect it, but thanks to this article you will be able to show off your botanical knowledge on your next tour in a park.
With its typical color of leaves and flowers, the Loropetalum it is ideal for embellishing parks and lawns. His name means "Petal of wool", it is a plant native to Asia that belongs to the Hamameliadaceae family. More than developing vertically, it widens and grows horizontally, appearing as a shrub with a dense stem of branches.
As for the leaves, it is about small oval leaves which can take on many shades of green, even appearing with tones that tend to reddish. There are varieties of Loropetalum which reach even 5 meters in height but the most common are the dwarf ones, of one or two meters high, because the characteristic for which the Loropetalum it is chosen to be inserted in gardens and parks and its ability to fill the space with its dense branches. In gardens it is also used to create hedges, excellent because they are dense as well as beautiful.
The flowers of this plant bloom in spring as happens in most cases, and can show off different colors depending on the species in question, They are not huge flowers but not even invisible, recall those of the Witch Hazel therefore they are elongated flowers that always appear in groups, gathered in clusters. The blooms of a Loropetalum healthy are usually abundant, the inflorescences beyond their color, are able to cover all the branches and, in addition to spring, they also bloom at other times of the year, in summer, for example, giving hedges or flowering shrubs even up to the autumn period.
Among the varieties of this plant there is the chinense rubrum, one of the best known and which is easier to find in our area. We can recognize it due to the presence of leaves and flowers of a beautiful burgundy-red color that explains the name of "rubrum". It is one of the varieties that reaches record heights for this plant, up to 5 meters, even if the main direction of development is the horizontal one. In our climate, it is comfortable, tolerates the cold if it is not too glacial, does not like to spend too much time in the shade and it is important to know this when deciding its possible position within a garden designed for a table.
In addition to the "rubrum" we find other varieties that all gardening lovers will surely know but we repeat them for those who did not know the Loropetalum or he had seen it but did not know its name and technical characteristics. We have the L. Fire Dance, one of the best known, in fact, much appreciated for the bright color of both the red leaves and the gods flowers, pink loads. Unlike the previous variety, this one is not giant and stands at an average height of one meter, maximum one and a half meters.
The Loropetalum Black Pearl it is even lower, in truth it is the smallest and most compact of all. Its name is due to the color of the leaves which are so deep and dark red as to appear black. The flowers are lighter, usually of a strong fuchsia color, and last from spring to autumn, which is why this Loropetalum is very welcome in gardens and parks.
Among the plant species there is also the bonsai one, characterized by its very small size that make it deserve this name. The flowers and leaves of this variety are a beautiful bright red that always makes a good effect when placed in a green area, be it small or large. To make it bloom at its best, it is best to place it in the sun by moving it to a sheltered place only in summer when temperatures rise and the sun can be more fierce than ever, especially in a country like ours.
Loropetalum: care and fertilization
The green thumb is not for taking care of Loropetalum who is satisfied with small attentions and trivial tricks. It prefers an acidic and not calcareous soil, it grows very slowly but when it blooms it does so almost suddenly. Planting should be done in spring or autumn, digging a hole that takes into account the future dimensions when deciding the space between one plant and another. As for the position, as we have said, it is better that it is in a partial shade area, with a certain amount of light but not direct sun for too many hours.
Especially in the summer the Loropetalum it should be watered regularly so that the soil is always moist but preventing stagnation which is very dangerous for many plants including this one. Fertilization must take place in autumn and winter, when it is better to keep the plant away from cold and sudden frosts.
It is not a plant particularly under attack from pests and diseases, the greatest danger for the Loropetalum is that the roots rot due to an excess of irrigation or that stagnation is created for the exact same reason.
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