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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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Chinese fringe bush

Loropetalum chinensis

This large shrub can reach a height of 6 to 15 feet and a spread of 8 to 10 feet. It prefers a soil pH that is acid to slightly alkaline, 4.5 to 7.2. Any soil texture works well, from clay loam to sandy loam, from sandy to sandy clay. Well-drained soil moisture is needed. This flowering shrub has medium drought tolerance and low- to no-salt tolerance.

Chinese fringe bush performs best in full sun and well in partial sun. In the spring, it produces raspberry-red flowers that have a pleasant fragrance. It works well as a screen, hedge, specimen plant or espalier. For information on this plant, please see the University of Florida publication from which this article was adapted: “Loropetalum chinensis Chinese Fringe Bush” by Edward F. Gilman at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FP/FP35500.pdf.

We hope you will be able to stop by the Extension Service to see our Chinese fringe bushes outside the conference center.

Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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