The Red Diamond Loropetalum is another tremendous evergreen shrub from the Southern Living Plant Collection! The Red Diamond Loropetalum produces candy red blooms in early spring. These are truly the reddest blooms of all loropetalum cultivars, and they contrast beautifully with their dark foliage. Watch these blossoms engulf the shrub, completely changing its appearance during the bloom cycle. After the considerable initial bloom, this loropetalum will periodically rebloom from early summer to fall. Meanwhile, the purple and burgundy leaves hold their color all year long, providing dynamic color in any landscape.
New growth emerges in spring as a soft purple before maturing to dark purple to burgundy. Try contrasting this rich, dark foliage with contrasting colored plants, such as the Sunshine Ligustrum, Orange Rocket Barberry, Lemon Lime Nandina, Mojo Pittosporum, or Meerlo Lavender.
The Red Diamond Loropetalum reaches a mature size of 6′ tall and 6′ wide. Therefore, this variety won’t engulf its surroundings like some other Loropetalums. Additionally, this naturally compact growth habit ensures that pruning is optional or infrequent.
Use this low-maintenance shrub as a hedge, container, accent, or mass planting.
Red Diamond Loropetalum Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 7-10
Plant in Full Sun to Partial Shade for best results. Shield from afternoon sun in southern parts of the U.S., which is particularly harsh.
Water regularly until well-established. This can take a few months at least. During this time, check regularly to ensure that the soil is not drying out or or staying soggy. Afterwards, provide supplemental watering once a week or so when experiencing dry weather.
Well-draining soil is essential as Loropetalums are prone to root rot. Furthermore, a slightly acidic soil pH is best for the health of these plants.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced acidic fertilizer to keep it growing and thriving.