Monday, March 29, 2010

Loropetalum, or Laura Pedlum?

A frequent search term on my blog turns up as 'Laura Pedlum' which I believe to be gardeners looking for the fuchsia-fringed Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum. They will find the rosy ones here as well as Loropetalum chinense var. chinense, the white cultivar.

Both these are species plants from seedlings.


  Close-up pics of the white fringes of white Loropetalum.

Mature Loropetalums can be limbed up as trees, or allowed
to grow as hedges for privacy.

Loropetalums have been blooming here since back in February,
with scattered blossoms throughout the winter.
They will remain in bloom through the azalea/dogwood season
and bloom sprodically through the summer with a flush of
bloom in late August when many roses rebloom.

They remain evergreen through the winter, with varying foliage colors according to cultivar.
Many of them have red leaves in fall. Young plants will sometimes shed their leaves. 
There is a dwarf form. They're rated for zones 7-10, and prefer acidic soil.

19 comments:

  1. I have an older gentleman that works for me who calls them Load-of-Petal-lum.

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  2. That is pretty funny...poor Laura --someone is looking for her.

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  3. I get the "Laura Pedlum" search all the time, too!

    I love loropetalum, but they are showing up with flat-top haircuts in landscaped places, just like so many others. I saw forsythia at a mall yesterday -- flat on top. These must be the same landscapers who commit crepe murder.

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  4. They won't grow here, but they sure are loaded with blooms! I love the frilliness of them.

    I haven't been able to use my sitemeter. I think they kicked me off because I don't pay for the upgrade, and have more than the number of entries than the maximum. Do you use sitemeter? I couldn't find it on your blog. I'll have to look again. I wonder if they'd let me start over. I did figure out that I can look at my live traffic feed dealy and see what searches people did to get here.

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  5. I really want to add some white ones to my yard. I moved a couple this past fall and assumed they were dead. They're blooming now with new leaves on the way. I took your advice and waited before declaring them gone. So glad.

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  6. I hope I have the dwarf variety because I will be moving mine if I don't! They are so pretty.

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  7. Oh, I need to write down this in my wishlist! I am looking for something pretty to replace my "boring" hedge bush with neighbours, so that I have not only have privacy, but also the beauty! They are so beautiful!

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  8. Wow Nell, those are wonderful!!! How lovely it must be to walk around your property taking in all the beauty that surrounds you.

    FlowerLady

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  9. Love the white one, have never seen it before!

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  10. I'm so glad to see you put them out where they can be allowed to grow into their handsome selves. All too often folks plant them right up against their house. Looks nice for a little while but becomes an issue later on. btw, love all your violas!

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  11. They are all beautiful. I love using plants that have a long bloom period in the garden - especially if they bloom for part of winter :-)

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  12. I am noticing more and more of these beautiful bushes around town. I must add one to my yard at some point. They are so pretty with their fringed blooms. Thanks for the info on them…

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  13. Hmm - mine come looking for 'an elephant named Diana'

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  14. I cannot grow the Laura Pedlum, nor the loropetalum. Our soil is far too alkaline, but I would love to have them in my landscape.

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  15. Thanks, NellJean, I have learned about a new plant. New to me, that is, as they don't grow here.

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  16. These shrubs are beautiful and new to me. I enjoy learning about new plants, that's for sure.

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  17. Nell, Cameron just linked this post on Cottage Gardens. Thanks so much for the info. It's exactly what I was looking for!

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  18. One of my friends already told me about this place and I do not regret that I found this article.

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  19. Holy Cow ~ I just bought one of these and I hope it is the dwarf variety.

    Thanks to you and Eli Hart for id'ing this and the honeysuckle plant for me. I think I'm going to take the honeysuckle back as this variety Japanese honeysuckle, is very invasive and aggressive. For Pete's sake. I hope they will let me exchange it. I sure love the scent, but I don't want something that is going to get out of hand rather quickly. I've enough to do around here as it is. Sigh!

    FlowerLady

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