Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum Yieh, China: Bull. Hort. Special Issue 1942(2): 33 1942. (Syn: Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum H.T. Chang); 

Loropetalum chinense is commonly known as the Chinese fringe flower.

Two forms of L. chinense exist; a white- (to pale-yellow-) flowering green-leafed variety and a pink-flowering variety with leaves varying from bronze-red when new to olive-green or burgundy when mature, depending on selection and growing conditions.
They are evergreen with branches forming horizontal layers. The leaves are alternately arranged, ovate up to 5 cm long by 3.5 cm wide, and have a slightly abrasive feel.
L. chinense grows best in fertile, slightly acidic soil in full sun for deepest foliage colour and is hardy down to -3 deg.  
It is a popular ornamental plant, grown for its prolific clusters of flowers and (in the case of the pink flowering variety) deeply coloured foliage that may contain various green, copper, purple and red tones. 
(From Wikipedia on 7.9.13)
It is good to find a plant which you have been seeing so regularly in California, finally also sold in nurseries in India.
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum Yieh, Zhong Guo Yuan Yi Zhuan Kan (China Bull. Hort. Special Issue). 1942(2): 33. 1942.
Chinese Fringe Flower
Evergreen shrub or small tree up to 3 m tall, brnches stellate-pubescent; leaves ovate, elliptic to obovate, up to 6 cm long, often tinged purple, densely stellate-pubescent, margin entire, lateral veins 4-8 on each side; flowers red in a dense up to 16 flowered raceme, on up to 1 cm long peduncle, pedicel short; sepals ovate, 2-3 mm long; petals 4-6, red, 1-2 cm long with rounded apex; stamens 4 or 5, anthers ovoid; ovary inferior; fruit capsule obovoid-globose, 7-8 mm long, with persistent calyx cup.
Photographed from Indian Tourism Festival, Garden of Five senses, Delhi

I came across this plant in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco and also Sacramento.
Got the id on searching.

Thanks for posting Sir, we have also seen this at the same place…

Yes. individual plants in pots as in Indian nurseries’ stock as above esp. with flowers freshly opened looks very nice, flowers always reminded me of those crepe paper flowers little children are taught to make in the montessori schools, your pictures reminded me of my childhood attempts at being a paper gardener!!!



Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum AT MAY 2017/1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum
Family: Hamamelidaceae
27 May 2017

Purple plant Bhimtal for ID : Attachments (1).
ID Please. I saw this plant with small pink flowers at a nursery in Bhimtal. 

I hope Loropetalum chinense

I think Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum Yieh as per details & images herein.

ID Plant Bhimtal : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Purple plant with pink flowers at a nursery in Bhimtal.

“I hope Loropetalum chinense” by … as per another thread.

I think Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum Yieh as per details & images herein.


Red Flower of Indonesia : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Could you help me to id the following image please. 

Please check for Loropetalum chinensis of Hamamelidaceae

Thanks, …, for the id.
I also think close to images at Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum Yieh  


Identification request : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
These photos are taken on 29 JUL 2017. Place: Red Earth Kabini resort, Badanekuppe, Hosmala Village 571114.

Kindly identify the species

I have not seen such flowers, so cannot even guess. Looks like exotic ornamental. 

Yes, exotic ornamental, recently introduced in nurseries..  Loropetalum chinense

Thanks, …, for the id.
It will be Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum  as per images herein and as per keys at Flora of China




SK1462 22 Sep 2018 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)- around 600 kb each. 

Location: Lantau, Hong Kong 
Date: 14 August 2018
Elevation: 3000 ft.
Habit : Cultivated

this is red flowered witch hazel. most likely Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum

thanks for showing 

Yes this should be Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum, not variety.



Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum AT/April 2019/04 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Red Chinese Fringe Flower
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum
April 2019

very nice … are the leaves naturally red in this plant or is it because of cold. Foi has pictures of a plant in pot. was yours growing in a pot or was it in grounds??? what i have seen in southern california gardens is with green leaves, shrubs in ground, exposed to weather, drought etc 

…, this plant is also growing in a pot. Leaves are naturally reddish in colour.

so depending on soil??? growing condign? temperature etc, leaves reddish versus green that i have seen in semiarid lands? is there a paper somewhere?, i wonder

I shot this plant in Lantau Island, Hong Kong .

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