Loropetalum chinense ‘Dark Fire’

('Dark Fire', Chinese Fringe-flower)

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Hardiness Zones:

 6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Dark Fire’ has the deepest plum foliage color we’ve seen in a Loropetalum. The color lasts throughout the season unlike many cultivars that fade as the heat increases. ‘Dark Fire’ has nearly red spidery blooms that appear along its stems in spring and fall. Being in the witch hazel family, this shrub is very deer resistant. Similar to cultivar EverRed.


Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9 where plants are best grown in rich, humusy, acidic, moist, somewhat gritty, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best sited in sunny areas with some afternoon part shade. In areas where winter temperatures are likely to dip into the low teens, plants should be sited in locations protected from winds and given a root mulch. Mulch also helps plants retain soil moisture in summer. Plants generally produce best flowers and leaf colors in sunnier locations. Little pruning is needed other than what is necessary to maintain size and shape.

Additional information

Common Name

'Dark Fire', Chinese Fringe-flower

Botanical Name

Loropetalum chinense 'Dark Fire'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


5 ft.


5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

Fall, Spring

Flower Color




Foliage Color

Plum purple

Deer Resistant


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