Brightwater Nursery

Darkfire Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Darkfire') is also known as 'Chinese fringe flower' and grows about 5-6 feet high and 5-6 feet wide.

‘Darkfire’ is a mid-sized cultivar has very deep dark foliage that remains purple even during the heat of the summer. The flowers are bright pink and finely textured.

Loropetalums show excellent versatility in the landscape. They are attractive when grown in clusters or mixed screens as well as foundation plantings, single specimens, espaliers and bonsai. They make attractive hedges, but lose their naturally graceful form if heavily pruned. When limbed up, they form lovely, small trees.

Loropetalums are cold hardy in USDA zones 7-10 and require minimal maintenance. Transplanting easily from containers, their preferred growing conditions include sun to partial shade (especially afternoon shade) and moist, well-drained, acidic soil with plenty of organic matter. They benefit from being mulched. Once established, they are very tolerant of drought conditions.

Common names for this plant are 'Darkfire' and Chinese fringe flower.

Product/Container Size Trade Quart (3.5" pot)
Hardiness Zone(s) 7-10
Sun Exposure Partial Shade to Full Sun
Seasons of Interest Spring, Summer, Fall
Bloom Time Spring & Summer
Water Needs Average
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast
Average Size at Maturity 5-6' H x 5-6' W