Early last spring, I planted 5 of what I believed to be Ruby Loropetalums in
my yard (Zone 7, Raleigh, NC), and they have just started blooming. I know
the foliage color of Loropetalum can vary dramatically from variety to
variety, but my recollection is that the Ruby variety remains ruby red
throughout most of the year. The "problem" is that the foliage on my plants
are brownish/green and have been for a while (at least throughout the
winter), although there are some fresh hints of the ruby red I like so much.
Bottom line, I'm trying to figure out if these are Ruby Loropetalum or if
perhaps I planted a different variety. For anyone who has this variety or
is familiar with Loropetalums in general, I would appreciate your feedback.
I have the same plant and mine "reds up" after the new growth starts to push
out. Mine has been blooming all winter. New foliage is just now starting to
push out and it is red. Also, I have noticed my plant needs more nitrogen than
the other shrubs in the bed where it is planted. So, you may need to give it a
side dress of some granular, slow release fertilizer. I'm not a proponent of
sewer sludge products, but I do use Milorganite on shrubs in my landscape when
they need nitrogen.
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There was a thread about them last year iirc, Madgardener grows it and
was advising me. You'll find her posts in the google archive.
I don't know much about the one I bought because it was just labelled
loropetalum; but it has red-purple leaves and red flowers. The leaves
stayed on and red all through its first winter in my garden. Winters
are mild and wet here (a few days whn the temp dips just below
Janet (Isle of Arran, Scotland)
I have experience with only one shrub, 'Sizzling Pink,' & the behavior of
one isn't applicable to all. Mine retains burgundy leaves year-round in
Zone 8, but some varieties emerge pinkleafed & harden to a dull green by
summer. If it is in a winter wind-exposed area, or winter had extended
freezes, I would expect the evergreen leaves to lose their best color in
winter. It may be too soon in the season for yours to be producing fresh
leaves so all you're seeing are last year's faded leaves. New growth
should again have burgundy to reddish coloring. 'Tis my best guess.
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