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Purple Diamond® Compact Loropetalum

(28 customer reviews)

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About Purple Diamond® Compact Loropetalum

The Purple Diamond Loropetalum from the Southern Living Plant Collection is a true landscaping treasure, exemplifying magnificent royal purple foliage and spectacular purple-pink ribbon blossoms that bloom from spring until summer.

The foliage of Purple Diamond Loropetalum will hold their color all year long providing new and exciting ways to create contrast in landscapes. This is a colorful evergreen shrub that is perfect for mass plantings or as an informal hedge. Loropetalum Chinense Purple Diamond is prized by new and seasoned gardeners alike for its ability to contrast beautifully with other ornamental plants such as CamelliasLigustrums and ferns!

Loropetalum Purple Diamond Care

Purple Diamond Loropetalum is a full sun to partial shade plant and thrives when it receives 5-6 hours of sunlight per day. While it will tolerate a fair amount of shade too much shade may lead to long, leggy growth and reduced flowering.

Once established you will need to water most Loropetalums once per week. Loropetalums growing in pots may need to be watered more frequently as the container planters will dry out faster than the ground will. Water your plants deeply to settle and plant in well-draining, acidic to neutral soil.

Established plants will remain hardy in USDA zones 7a – 10b. 

With a controlled growth habit that reaches 5-6 in height and 5-6 feet in width the worry of pruning season after that season is a thing of the past. With that being said… There are times you may still want or need to prune your Loropetalums and this is how it should be done!

  • Plan your pruning for spring after plants have finished flowering, otherwise, you risk cutting off the flower buds.
  • Start by removing any dead or decaying branches cutting them back to their origin. Cut back any stray or unruly branches that detract from the natural shape of the shrub. 
  • Overgrown loropetalums may be cut back after blooming to reduce size. While plants tolerate heavy pruning, it is best to remove only one-quarter to one-third of the plant at a time. Use thinning cuts to maintain a strong form. Loropetalums regrow quickly.

Once your Purple Diamond Loropetalum has become established it will remain hardy in USDA zones 7a – 10b. 

How to Space Your Loropetalum Purple Diamond 

Space Your Purple Diamond Loropetalum 5-6 feet apart if you are looking to form a shrub border or when they are used in mass plantings. If you are looking to create a flowering evergreen hedge place them closer together, 3-4 feet, measured center to center.


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Scientific Name
Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi' PP18331
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Average Size
5-6' H x 5-6' W
Bloom Season
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28 reviews for Purple Diamond® Compact Loropetalum

  1. DON (verified owner)

    very quick delivery, well packed in great condition

  2. Himmler1488 (verified owner)

    Arrived healthy and in good soil.

  3. Lori (verified owner)

    This is the first year we have ordered Plants By Mail. We had a few hiccups with a plant or two being damaged. Was it our local delivery system? Not sure, but the customer service department was quick to rectify the situation. Plants have been in the ground about three weeks and are healthy and thriving. We will be ordering from Plants By Mail in the future!
    Thanks so much!!

  4. Jean Peters (verified owner)

    This beautiful plant arrived healthy and in excellent condition. It was recently repotted, however, so the root ball was very loose. I made sure to backfill with lots of rich topsoil and manure and it looks great, even though it has still been very hot. I am going to order more loropetalum, but a different variety. Hopefully it will be of the same outstanding quality!

  5. Eugene Tredway (verified owner)

    Arrived quick and packaged well

  6. Brent Rader (verified owner)

    Ordered 3 of these and 3 of the dwarf weeping loropetalum last spring. All seemed healthy on arrival and went straight in the ground. They never seemed to establish throughout the season, and none survived the winter. Has anyone had success in the Washington DC area? Wondering if we’re just too far north, despite the 7a hardiness rating. I really don’t want to waste another couple hundred bucks if the plants won’t survive again.

  7. Christian (verified owner)

    Ordered nine of them and they all looked sad. Planted them and two now look like they will make it. Holding out hope that the others will. All the other plants I have ordered in the past look great.

    • Team PBM

      Please reach out to Customer Service.

  8. jlkakaley (verified owner)

    This is the first year I have ordered plants online. I am very impressed with the size of the plants I received and the very careful packaging.

  9. John Boily (verified owner)

    Bought six and all went well so I bought another six. Very happy with shipping condition when they arrived.

    • Team PBM

      Yes sir! We’re very happy you’re pleased. Thank you!

  10. Nancy Hunt (verified owner)

    Plants arrived very soon after order and in great condition in pots with soil (not dry root) and are doing well so far.

  11. Celia (verified owner)

    Arrived in very bad condition with roots not even in the pots, and all dried out

  12. Ronald Campbell

    The plant arrived quickly and in good health. I was favorably impressed with how it was packaged. It is growing.

  13. Kim (verified owner)

    Plant arrived damaged. Probably at the fault of the delivery service. However, I planted it anyway. It did not servive.

  14. Catherine Hayes (verified owner)

    Very well packaged and healthy plant.

  15. benensc (verified owner)

    I received my 3 lorapetalums a month ago and they arrived nicely packaged and very healthy. They were planted in a sunny backyard spot and are growing very well.

    • Team PBM

      Your note makes my day. Thank you.

  16. Nicole (verified owner)

    I couldn’t find these plants anywhere locally so I went ahead and ordered online despite being worried about whether I’d get decent plants. They arrived very quickly, well packaged and despite being a bit dry (of course) they were in great shape! I planted them in early autumn, so we’ll see how they hold up and perform next year but so far I’m very happy! Hoping they grow up healthy and strong. It’s such a lovely color for landscaping and different than the usual!

  17. Marie (verified owner)

    I have ordered twice from Plants by Mail and my plants have come quickly, well packaged, and very healthy. I will always order from them as this has not been my experience with other mail order plant websites.

  18. jacque hogan (verified owner)

    Packed and wrapped perfect. arrived health and good just what I ordered

  19. Roger (verified owner)

    Plants arrived packaged well and in good condition. I would order again.

  20. Sue

    I love my new plants! They arrived healthy and in good shape. I planted them right away (May 2020) and these plants are thriving in this springtime weather. I will be ordering more plants from plant by mail again!

  21. Robin Sheffield (verified owner)

    We ordered 4. Love the color and size. Unfortunately two were extremely dry upon arrival and we were not able to revive them. PBM ordered replacements for them and the new ones came in looking gorgeous. We will definitely be buying from them again. Thanks for the excellent customer service.

    • nick norman

      It is our pleasure to serve you well. Many Blessings. – Christy

  22. Diana Due (verified owner)

    I love all my plants. When I received my plants a couple were damaged. You were so gracious to replace he damaged ones.Thank you so much.

  23. Daniel Webber (verified owner)

    Plants arrived quickly. Two were fine but one (same species) was scrawny and did not have a healthy root ball. I should have complained but with all we are dealing with now, it was not my highest priority.

    • Steve

      Hey Daniel, send us a photo of the beat up plant at [email protected]. We’ll review and send you a new plant or refund you for the problem plant.

  24. John L (verified owner)

    My Purple Diamond Loropetalums came in great shape. I had ordered one short of what I needed and plants by mail added the extra loropetalum to the first order.

  25. rtorre02 (verified owner)

    Excellent shrub with beautiful purple foliage that contrasts well with Sushine Ligustrum. I planted these near my pergola so I can enjoy them while relaxing. Thank you PlantsbyMail!

  26. jimstoddard00 (verified owner)

    Healthy plant and great instructions.

  27. Debbyr987 (verified owner)

    I was very impressed with my plants that I received today. Looked nice and healthy, better than some I’ve purchased at local nurseries. Thanks

  28. crystal.carrier12 (verified owner)

    These are beautiful and it’s hard to believe the size of the plant that comes out of the box. So well packed and in great condition! I will definitely order again!

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