Although their name may be hard to say (loro-pet'-a-lum), they make a colorful display in the Spring.
Gardeners who want to avoid trying to pronounce Loropetalum may refer to it by its common name, Chinese Witch Hazel, or Chinese Fringe.
A native of China and Japan, this large colorful shrub seems to thrive in the lower and coastal South. But, according to an article in Southern Living magazine, when you see knee-high plants at the nursery, don't be misled. They don't waste much time filling out and can grow up to three feet in a season! At maturity, some selections will grow up to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide.
If you have a larger corner to fill in a flower bed that gets full sun to partial shade, I think you would love a Loropetalum. Not only are they beautiful when they bloom in the Spring, but their purple-green foliage is striking in the summer and fall, too.