Loropetalum, 'Pizzazz'

Hello, Madgardener here with a question. I have succumbed again.......Squire is gonna KILL me, but I have brought home yet another bush to cram into the dwindling spaces. We apparently have gotten in a GEORGOUS bush (a little dude, that is in a one gallon pot, so it's young) a Loropetalum 'Pizzazz'. Description: Loropetalum 'Pizzazz' Exciting evergreen shrub with COLORFUL foliage (the foliage alone was the main reason I bought mine as it's a deep burgandy) and showy flowers (thats an understatement by the picture of the flowers on the tag which was another reason I bought this bush). New on the market. Screens, foundations, specimens and borders. (well that's a bit debatable as here's the specs on the plants needs....... Sun to partial shade, Average Rain climate, Flowers & Foliage: Plum purple fringe-like flowers sporadically all year, peaking in spring with azaleas., Planting: Keep moist before and after, dig hole 3X width of pot, set root ball slightly above soil level, loosen soil in base of hole, and mulch area around ball, Soil well drained acid (no problem there) Average Dimensions 8-10' wide 6-8' tall.......they expect this to be a border shrub???? wow. I think I have it in the wrong spot, and will move it tomorrow. I am seriously thinking of putting it on the eastern corner of the house around behind the carport, but fear I'd lose it to the north winds, any suggestions? Anyone (Pam, this means you) have this and think my newly rezoned Eastern Tennessee climate of now SEVEN could accomodate this beauty? I await information.....there is NO hope for me!!! Squire be damned!! I already have just paths leading thru the side yard and trickling down to the overgrown dry woods......lordy the fairies have sorely infected me! <GBSEG> madgardener up on the humid ridge, back in a sticky Fairy Holler, overlooking hazy English Mountain in Eastern Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset 36
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I would think not - we have trouble with it in anything less than 8b.
Probably be toast in the first hard winter you have.
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Mad, I don't know which Loropetalum I have, but it is on the west side of the house, loves life and is growing like mad. We had a Japanese Maple there which was unhappy and the gardner feller put it in back, on the east side and put the Loropetalum in that spot. It is now in the ground about 5 years. It has never looked back. Has maroon leaves and pink fringy flowers. Jackie in NC zone 7 hoping to move to Western TN or thereabouts..
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awwww hell.............................

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Mad, you will love it. When I bought this house it had two as foundation plantings on the front (east side) between two windows and the color, sort of burgundy, goes so well with the light grey/dappled brick and the contrasting green and white lariope and pink Spirea, etc.. They can be pruned but i like them to sort of spray. (if I can keep ivan away from them with his clippers!) I liked them so well I bought five more for the upper terrace to soften the chain link fence. (I hate chain link fences but in our little sub-midle class tract that's what is used!) I guess they are OK but I prefer something a bit more ... you know what I mean. Not cold grey metal! I am Texas in zone 7 and both the ones on the East side which is somewhat protected by two large trees and the ones on the west terrace which is open to afternoon sun seem to be doing well. I may wish later when they are really matured that I got something smaller. but I don't think so.
I have been out of pocket for the past several months and we have been here now for the second summer. my garden is still a bit sad as not nearly completed as yet. just takes time.
Good to see those of you who have been such loyal rec.gardeners are still here. thanks for being here. Leona
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(Lee) writes:

Hi Leona!!! Welcome back, I 've been wondering where you were. Good to know that you are here again and OK Stay around. Happy summer Emilie NorCal
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I have Loropetalum 'Monraz'. not the purple leaved one. This is green, with reddish new growth. I really like this plant. As Pam says, it loves the heat. Right now it is having its third bloom this year- a much smalller number of flowers. In March it was so covered with brilliant blooms, I won two awards in our local flower show with it: the Arboreal Award for shrubs and the Award of Horticultural Excellence, for the Best of Show in the horticultural division. Emilie NorCal
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