Loropetalum chinense - Chinese Fringe Flower
Led by the introduction in the early 1990’s of maroon-purple-burgundy foliage with sizzling hot pink flowered forms, Chinese fringe flower has taken the southern landscape trade by storm. From almost no spot in the nursery industry two decades ago, Chinese fringe flower (with the advent of the many var. rubrum forms) has surged to a leader of the pack contender. Dirr lists over twenty varieties in the 1998 edition of the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants; the SFA Mast Arboretum is home to eighteen taxa and more are on the way.