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Loropetalum - The Chinese Fringe Tree

The Loropetalum Chinesis , also known as the Chinese Fringe Tree, is a member of the Witch-Hazel family that boasts bright pink spidery flowers and lush purple foliage. As a bonsai, it's hardy and thrives in sunny conditions. This captivating and unique specimen adds a splash of colour and elegance to any collection, appreciated for its distinctive features and ornamental qualities.

Loropetalum chinensis is an evergreen shrub from China and the Himalayas, with broad leaves that bear fragrant flowers in the spring. In its native habitat, it has a spreading form and can grow up to 4m tall with a width of just over half that. The Fringe Flower is pest-free and hardy, making it a perfect Bonsai for beginners. It delights its owner with abundant, beautiful, and unique flowers.

The Chinese Fringe Flower matures into a Bonsai with maroon leaves that sometimes turn reddish in the summer. It produces fragrant pink "fringy" flowers in early spring. The foliage is burgundy when the temperatures are mild and then turns mostly green during the warmth of summer.

The Loropetalum is fast-growing, mostly because it's adaptable to almost any type of soil, light, and moisture conditions. It's relatively easy to grow and won't demand too much maintenance from you. The ideal setup would include a full morning sun and some light shade later on.

The Fringe Flower has average water needs. Watering on a regular schedule without over-watering will keep the plant moist and healthy. The best time to fertilize is early spring. Most general-purpose liquid fertilizers should work fine and can be easily bought in most garden centers.

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The Fringe Flower bonsai tree is especially handsome pruned up from the bottom and shaped like a multi-trunk tree. You can prune it anytime, but it's ideal to do so just after the spring blooms fade. Wire gently into any desired form and ensure that the wires do not cut into the bark. To propagate, it's best to take hardwood cuttings and dip them in rooting hormone.

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