S & J Nursery’s
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz
Chinese Finge Flower
(Loropetalum chinense “Plum Delight”)
Loropetalum ( Chinese Fring Flower ) Origins:
-Loropetalums are native to Japan and Southeast Asia and brought into cultivation in
the Uninted States in 1880. They have since the intoduction of purple flowering varieties in 1990 quickly become
a North Florida garden favorite for both foliage and flower color in the landscape. There are many varieties to
choose from each with their own mature size ( some as small as 3 ft and others reaching 12-15 ft full
grown), form, flower color ( ranging from white to shades of pink and even deep dark burgandy red),
Loropetalums even vary in leaf color and shape.
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Preferred Exposure:
-Loropetalum Plum Delight will prefer a full sun to partial sun with at least 6
hours of good direct light in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine areas gardens. Although some
green leaf Loropetalum varieties will tolerate a fair amount of shade the purple leaf varieties will tend to
loose color and fullness when planted in areas without adequate sunlight.
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Foliage:
-Evergren foliage of the Plum or Pizzazz Loropetalum is a
beautifully dark almost blackish purple color giving the selection its name.
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:
– Loropetalum plants prefer rich mosit but well drained slightly acid soils.
-Salt tolerance low to medium
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Size Variance:
– Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz can reach sizes of 6-8’+ feet High |
3-4+ feet Wide but is at its best kept lower at 3-4 ft high and wide
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Growth Habit:
– Loropetalums grow quickly and have an open slightly arching branch habit. Prune
these shrubs into a rounded mushroom form to work with the plants natural shape and habit.
– Although they can be maintained into a more formal squared hedge it is not
recomended as it requires frequently prunings that tend to expose bare branches on the sides of the shrub
when attempting to turn them into a more formal narrow boxed hedge row. If you prefer them this way
remember to taper the top of the shrub to be narrower than the bottom to allow adequate light to reach the lower
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Growth Rate:
– Fast growing shrub quickly establishes itself into the landscape. Make sure when
planting Loropetalums to give them some room, planting to closely only makes pruning a frequent chore that didnt
have to be, give them room to spread vertically and you will be much happier with them once they have reached
your desired height.
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Bloom:
– Loropetalum gets it common name Chinese Fringe Flower and its Latin name
Loropetalum from it delicate straplike blooms. If your familiar with the blooms of the Northern plant Witch
Hazel, a relative of Loropetalum then you know the bloom of Loropetalum plants. The tiny clusters of strap like
petals absolutely cover the plant in the spring and they bloom intermittantly throughout the summer and again
pretty heavily in the fall and winter months here in the North Florida landscape.
– Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz fringe-like blooms are a bright
Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz Water Requirements:
– Loropetalums is drought tolerant once established into the landscape but requires attention
to daily watering when first being planted from the nursery containers into the landscape,
especially during North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area’s hot summer months.
– CAUTION: Loropetalum plants dont easily forgive you and perk back up
once you’ve allowed them to dry out like so many other hardy shrubs, the leaves will turn a tannish color
and almost crumble to the touch, recovery may or may not happen depending on how long the newly planted
Loropetalum stayed dried out before you noticed it. A little tender loving care in the beginning will give
you countless years of maintenance free beuty so they are well worth the extra TLC after planting time. To
make sure your Loropetalum plant is rooted in and able to survive on its own, keep watering well untill you have
seen active new growth forming and flourishing on your plant. Then taper the water back a little at a time.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
– Not touted to be particularly butterfly or bird attracting.
Best Uses For Loropetalum Plum Delight / Pizzazz:
– Loropetalums make a great choice for a fast growing shrub or small tree.
Their dense deeply colored foliage and bushy characteristics make for foundation plantings around homes and
-Use them as the backdrop to the perennial border or as a hedge screen that is just
perfect for a quick and colorful privacy screen.
-loropetalums make an excellent choice for a small landscape specimen tree as its
root system is not invasive it can be planted close to the foundation of a home or sidewalk etc with no damage.
Also a good choice for an ornamental tree where overhead power lines restrict the use of larger growing
selections or for smaller yards and gardens.
– These fast growing plants flush new growth within a few weeks after a pruning so
if attempting to keep them at a particular height or width remember to prune down 2-4 inches beneath
where you would like to see their growth be to give yourself some time before the next pruning to shape is
– Few pest or disease problems in the Norht Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine
Care of S & J Nursery’s North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine
– Shrubs can be planted in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St.Augustine area at
any time during the year. In normal and well draining soils dig the hole as deep as the root ball and two to
three times as wide. Plant the top of the root ball level or slightly higher than the surrounding soils. When
planting in poorly drained soils make sure to plant your shrubs a minimum of 3 inches ABOVE the surrounding soil
– Water every day during the establishment period. For most 3 gallon size shrubs in
the North Florida landscape in average soil, that is neither heavy clay that holds water or really sandy that
will take 2-3 weeks of daily watering to ensure that your newly planted shrub will begin to put out new roots
and grow into its new home happily. After the first few weeks begin tapering back your watering to every other
day then every third day and so on until your newly planted items are flourishing without your assistance.
– If planting larger shrubs you may need to extend the initial care a bit longer to
protect your investment and get your shrubs off to the best start possible.
– IMPORTANT: If planting shrubs in heavy clay soils that hold allot of water after a
rain or irrigating, remember to check the soil for moisture by sticking your fingers into the soil near the root
ball of the newly planted shrub down to 2-3 inches. If it remains wet from the previous watering wait for the
top 2-3 inches to dry out before watering again.
– IMPORTANT: When planting shrubs into poor sandy soils be sure to amend the
planting hole by mixing compost or cow manure etc. with the native soil that will go back in the hole around the
new plants root ball when installing your shrub material, this will not only give your new shrubs good soil to
grow its new roots into but help it hold water.
– When planting shrubs from containers be sure to loosen the roots as much as
possible pulling loose roots away from the root ball before installing your new plants, if the roots are to
tight to easily loosen with your hands use a knife to cut a few slits into the root ball being careful to go all
the way from the top to the bottom and making the cut at least an inch deep. This will ensure that your plant
will immediately begin to form new roots into its new surrounding soil.
– Mulch newly planted shrubs whenever possible.
– Fertilize each spring with a mixture of milorganite and a slow release poly coated
plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch
circle underneath the foliage of the tree
– Prune as needed to shape each spring and or summer.