Fringe Flower Shrubs Growing Zones, Planting and Care Tips, Chinese Fringe

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Gardening | February 29, 2024

Woman looks at pink fringe flower shrubs after learning how to plant fringe flower, care tips, how to identify fringe flower bushes, and Chinese fringe plant facts.

In spite of its stunning coloration, the Chinese Fringe flower gets little attention when it comes to flowers.

But, when using it as a shrub to bring in more variety and texture to your landscape, it’s an awesome way to provide contrast, shade, and a small shade-giving spreading canopy to your outdoor landscaping.

Its evergreen leaves and flowers are the main features that will grab your attention, as they can be lush green or deep burgundy, depending on the variety.

If you’re interested in adding a unique touch to your gardens, Fringe Flower shrubs are an excellent choice.

This guide explains the growing zones where they thrive, as well as everything you need to know about planting Fringe Flowers.

Fringe Flower Growing Zone

What can you do if you desperately want to plant a Fringe flower in your landscape? Trees or bushes of this plant thrive best in USDA hardiness zones 7-9, where the temperature can get as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit up to 30 degrees.

Graphics showing the Fringe Flower growing zones in the U.S. hardiness zone map with details on the average annual extreme minimum temperature for zones 7 to 9.

It is possible that you can grow a tree or bush such as this in zone 10 as long as you follow a strict regimen for watering a tree like this in a hot climate.

You have to take into account that Fringe flowers will become more thirsty in the summer months even though they are drought-tolerant trees once they are established.

If you can grow them in an indoor setting in the winter and then relocate them outside in the summer, then you may, with a little extra care, be able to maintain them in a lower planting area below zone seven.

Planting and Care Tips For Growing a Fringe Flower From a Seed, Cutting, or Seedling

Irrespective of whether you’re propagating your Fringe flower from a seed, a cutting, or a seedling, or keeping them in garden planters or sowing it directly into your front lawn, one of the most important aspects is to ensure that all of the conditions for the plant’s successful growth are going to be met.

When To Plant Fringe Flower for the Best Yield

Perhaps because of the temperature range of where it grows in the updated version of the hardiness zone released recently from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),3 the Fringe flower can be planted in spring, summer, and even early in the fall.

How Far Apart To Plant Fringe Flowers

It’s important for you to be aware that the distance between each plant will vary depending on the type. How long it takes to grow Fringe flowers to 10-foot height, how it is going to be pruned, and whether it is going to be used as a windbreak, a tree privacy screen, or used in a flowerbed as a shrub, will dictate how far apart you need to plant them.

Generally, if you allow a distance of 3-6 feet, it will be sufficient to allow for the expected canopy widths of all the different sizes and shapes that your Fringe plant can grow to.

How Much Sunlight Does Fringe Flowers Need Each Day?

What’s particularly good about Fringe plants is that they only need three to six hours a day of full sun.

Close-up of a pink Chinese Fringe flower with long, slender petals, set against a backdrop of green foliage.

(Image: kcthetc17)

To keep your plants in optimal health you may also need to let them have some shade in the afternoons on very hot days.

How To Stop Fringe Flower Disease

Powdery mildew, leaf spot, root rot, anthracnose, and olive gall are a few diseases that prove bothersome to your Loropetalum, and that you should be vigilant for. If you spot any of the signs of infection, to stop them from causing any damage, prune away any affected areas and apply a fungicide to clear up any problems before they get too serious.

Best Growing Conditions for Fringe Flowers

Ideally, the soil in your landscape needs to have an acidic pH level of 4.5 to 6.5 to avoid any signs of chlorosis, which will lead to the leaves turning an unhealthy yellow. If your soil is not up to scratch, however, consider amending it with fertilizer.

When To Apply Mulch to Your Fringe Plant

Keeping your Fringe plant healthy should be your number one priority, and that starts with the soil. The moisture within the soil needs to be kept at a certain level, and the best way to prevent the water from drying out prematurely on unseasonably hot summer days is to spread 2-3 inches of organic mulch around the base.

Make sure that you do not push it up against the base, though, as the mulch can actually leech moisture from your plant.

An additional benefit is that this layer of mulch can also help to protect the roots to stop them from freezing in the dead of a harsh winter.

Fringe Flower

(Loropetalum chinense)

Fringe Flower image in an oval frame on a green background.
  • Family: Hamamelidaceae
  • Genus: Loropetalum
  • Leaf: Deep purple or burgundy varieties as well as green-leaf types
  • Bark: The bark is known for exfoliating when mature.
  • Seed: Light brown, and about four to seven mm long.
  • Blossoms: Flowers emerge in early spring, occasionally re-blooming later on in the season.
  • Fruit: Only for the birds and not fit for human consumption.
  • Native Habitat: Japan, China, and the Himalayas
  • Height: From 1 foot to 15 feet tall
  • Canopy: Grows from 3 feet wide up to 10 feet.
  • Type: Evergreen
  • Native Growing Zone: Preferring USDA hardiness zones 7-10, where the soil is moist and fertile and there is full sun exposure.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Ranking

Least Concern


How To Identify Fringe Flower (Fringe Flower Growth Rate)

If you’re curious about the origin of this fascinating plant, you will be surprised to learn that it was introduced into the United States way back in the 1880s, has since become naturalized, and grows in USDA planting zones seven to nine.

Graphic showing how to identify fringe flower plant, featuring images of pink Fringe flowers, brownish Fringe leaves, round Fringe fruits, and a full view of the shrub in circle frames.

The purple-leafed variety only came to the American shores in the late ‘90s, but thanks to the plant’s ability to grow anywhere from 6 to 24 inches a year, it has become a gardener’s go-to shrub and you can use it as ground cover or as a creative design feature.

Fringe Flower Leaves

The fact that the evergreen leaves, whether green or bold purple, are on display year-round only adds to their popularity in your garden. In fact, you will find that the broad, thick, and sometimes variegated leaves are one of the main identifying traits of the Fringe flower, Loropetalum chinense.1

Just as with the prominently colored leaves, the flowers are instantly recognizable by their almost wispy nature, with colors ranging from white, cream, pink, and deep red.

Chinese Fringe Flower Shrub

From dwarf shrubs that don’t reach more than a foot in height to larger varieties that reach ten feet, you can always tell them apart by looking at the size and number of their leaves and blossoms.

In every way, they are remarkable, eye-catching, and distinct.

Loropetalum Hedges and Loropetalum Varieties

It’s fair to say that one of the outstanding trademarks of the Fringe flower is its versatility. You will quickly discover that they can be planted next to other types of trees that are taller and still manage to attract their own fair share of wanted attention.

Not only will your glorious Fringe tree be able to nestle alongside other types of evergreen trees, but because of its impressive foliage, flowers, and dense branching, it is often used as a privacy tree along property lines.

Close up of white Chinese Fringe flower blooms with long, slender petals and pale green leaves.

(Image: Misolonax12)

How long does it take for a tree to grow to your desired height doesn’t matter, as you’ll be enjoying the sights and smells of your trees every step of the way. But if four years is too long for you to wait for them to reach full maturity, then there are several types of Fringe flowers that will grow within a year or two into a hedge high enough to ensure your privacy.

1. Jazz Hands Night Moves

An unusual mix of rich plum-colored leaves and pure white blooms looks remarkable when this medium-sized Loropetalum is grown as a hedge on a boundary line. It grows to a height of about four feet, and the burgundy leaves are a welcoming and permanent fixture all year round.2

2. Jazz Hands Bold

Blessed with similar maroon-colored foliage, the large flowers are a lighter shade of pink to add a nice decorative contrast. With this plant, you will have the privacy that you’re looking for as well as the aesthetic design for your newly renovated landscape.

3. L. chinense ‘Emerald Snow’

Just perfect for your small garden, the Emerald Snow grows to a height of 5 feet and is just as wide, and it appears that the green leaves are being overrun by the abundance of white flowers peppering its branches.

4. L. chinense ‘Blush’

This gorgeous plant may reach a height of six feet and a width of four to five feet, and it was one of the first varieties with red flowers when it initially appeared in the nursery trade. An impressive feature in coastal regions is the way the fresh green leaves mingle with the rose-red ones.

5. L. chinense ‘Fire Dance’

This particular type of Fringe flower is suitable to grow in containers just as much as it is for hedges. It will grow quickly to heights of three or six feet and display lustrously dense red foliage that turns green as the plant matures.

The beauty of having a Fringe flower plant in your garden is that you will not be limited just to the normal varying types of white flowers, but your landscape can be exposed to reds, pinks, yellows, and purple shades from the same species.

Tree Pollination and Pollinators for Chinese Bushes

You will quickly discover that to increase their chances of continued survival, Fringe flowers use enticing attractants to aid in the tree pollination process that bees just can’t resist.

This alluring and irresistible process takes place more often during flowering, although bees continually pop in regularly for brief visits throughout the summer.

Apart from luring in bees, you will soon see that the Fringe flower also has a clever mechanism to guarantee effective pollen transfer by attracting butterflies to help in propagation.

They attract moths, beetles, birds, and even hoverfly insects that play their part in disseminating the seeds to guarantee that the next generation of Fringe flowers will be coming to an area near you soon.4

Fringe Flower Shrubs Growing Zones and Fringe Flower Facts

Thriving in USDA zones 7-9, the Fringe flower is the type of plant gardeners in zones 1-6 wish they could have in their front yard.

A garden showcasing two vibrant Fringe bushes with pink blossoms, surrounded by various green plants.

(Image: Daderot13)

Those homeowners lucky enough to reside in the right area are able to take advantage of a couple of facts surrounding this incredibly attractive and diverse plant.

  1. Some species have been known to survive for over 100 years.
  2. Other specimens, growing in their natural habitats without the guidance and planting tips for Fringe flowers from experienced landscapers, have grown to heights of 35 feet.
  3. Although non-toxic, if the leaves or flowers are consumed by small children or pets, it can cause an upset stomach.

Why Have Companion Plants For Growing Fringe Flowers?

When cultivating Fringe flowers in your front yard, it’s always best to pair them with plants that either match or contrast with the colors or even complement the textures of the leaves.

You have to consider the overall look of your landscape when planning a complete overhaul or a brand-new design, or you can easily risk having your plants clash style-wise against each other. Worse, appearing just plain boring and uninspiring with rows of plants of the same size and color; which should never be your end goal.

Now, although it is common practice to put shorter plants at the front of a flower bed and taller ones at the rear, it is equally crucial to vary the height of the plants planted throughout the length of the flower beds to add aesthetic appeal.

To achieve this effect, you should use so-called “filler” plants in addition to other specimens and accent plants to elevate your design plan. This can be done at any stage of the planting and planning process as you discover different plants and experiment with different floral species.

When planting, don’t be hesitant to move taller plants to the front and lower-growing fillers to the back for contrast. These height changes can serve to draw attention to certain areas, with often impressive results.

Yet be aware at the same time to keep in mind the specific care requirements of each plant before planting them closely together.

Take care that the companion plants you are sowing right next to your purple Fringe flower don’t require more space as they grow and spread out or need a whopping eight hours of blazing sunshine a day in order to stay alive.

If a plant like that were placed alongside a Fringe flower that is happy with just three hours a day and partial shade, you would quickly be growing your own problems that would rear their burnt-out flowery heads in the not-too-distant future.

Always consider and research how much sunlight a specific area in your yard gets, and choose plants that will enjoy a similar level of daily light exposure.

Soil and water requirements for plants are other factors to think about when choosing which plants will make suitable neighbors.5 Some roots do not do well when they become too wet, while others absorb water so fast that they can easily become parched without your noticing, nestled as they are in soil that you thought was moist enough for all.

Confirm which ones are on the same watering level, as it’s always best if you can water your flowers and plants as one group rather than constantly worrying why some leaves are yellowing and wilting sadly and others are glowing gloriously.

To create a multi-tiered planting zone where all the flora are harmonious, be sure that all their requirements are in the same range for nutrients, water, and sunlight and, of course, look good together.

In the case of companion plants for Fringe Flower shrubs, use plants that will help balance it’s appearance and utilize the same soil and watering requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fringe Flower

Are Fringe Flower Seeds Good for Propagation?

Yes, one of the best methods for growing the Fringe flower is from seeds.

What Methods Are Natural Pest Control for Fringe Flowers?

Insecticidal soap or household dish soap mixed with water are both very effective to control common pests of the Fringe flower,6 as is the application of neem or horticultural oil with water.

What Are Growing Zones for Fringe Flowers? Where To Grow in the USDA Hardiness Zone?

Planting in zones 7-9 is best, but the Fringe flower can also be grown in zone 10, maybe 11 at a stretch if carefully attended to. In those zones, the watering needs for Fringe flower plants would have to be regularly monitored.

What Is the Chinese Flower’s Scent?

The scent of the Fringe flower is delicate, a faint aroma that slowly permeates into a room rather than being unbearably overpowering as some flowers can be.

What Are the Methods for Preventing Disease in Fringe Flowers?

Two simple methods to prevent diseases are to allow air to circulate in and around the leaves and to water at the start of the day so the leaves will have enough time to dry out before nightfall.


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