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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Loropetalum chinense.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Loropetalum chinense.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is depurative, haemostatic and pectoral[1]. A decoction is used in the treatment of coughing in tuberculosis, dysentery, enteritis etc[1][2]. The leaves can be crushed and pulverised for external application on wounds[1].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow in a warm greenhouse in late winter or early spring[3]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[4]. Fair to good percentage[5].

Layering in the spring[3].

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Requires a rich well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or light shade[3]. Requires a lime-free humus-rich soil[6]. One report says that it succeeds on a sheltered north wall[6] whilst another says that it needs a sunny position[7] and another says it needs warm summers[8]. Prefers a cool root run[6].

This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain, it is also slow growing[9]. It succeeds outdoors in the mildest areas of the country, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[9]. Plants do not flower well if the temperature drops below 5°c[4]. The Japanese form of this species might be hardier[10]. Plants grow taller in their native habitat, reaching a height of 3 metres[4]. The flowers emit a delicate sweet perfume[11].

Some named forms have been developed in Japan for their ornamental value[6].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Loropetalum chinense
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
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    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
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    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


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    10. ? 10.010.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    11. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
    12. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)