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Little Rose Dawn®

Glowing Horizons® Loropetalum

This stunning loropetalum will put your garden in the pink

A dense variety featuring prolific lush pink rosy blooms in late winter to early spring. Striking purple-burgundy foliage creates great garden interest.

 

Loropetalum chinense ‘GriffCRL’ PP#16,615

Little Rose Dawn® Loropetalum

Lush pink rosy blooms in late winter to early spring

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Little Rose Dawn®

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Evergreen
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Average Height
7' to 8'
Average Width
12' to 15'
Average Spacing
5' to 6'
Hardiness Zones
Zone 7-9 (0°F to 30°F) (-17°C to -1°C)
Hardiness Zones
Well-drained, semi-moist
Little Rose Dawn®

Features & Uses

Features:

  • Deer resistant
  • Disease resistant
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Mildew resistant
     

Garden Uses:

  • Accent
  • Border
  • Hedge
  • Mass Planting
  • Screen
  • Specimen
     

Little Rose Dawn®

General Maintenance

Pruning:

  • Prune to maintain size and shape
  • Shear after flowering
     

Fertilize:

  • Apply general purpose fertilizer in the spring when new growth appears. Check with your preferred garden center for your specific area.

Tips:

  • Little Rose Dawn's dense habit makes it extremely versatile. It's an ideal blooming screen or hedge plant. It is equally beautiful as a specimen.

Little Rose Dawn®

Companion Plants

There are several plants that would make great companions in the garden or landscape.
The key to companion planting is selecting plants with similar cultural requirements. Below are a few suggestions:

 

Boxwoods, Japanese Maples, Magnolias and Osmanthus Goshiki

Development Story

Get ready for breathtaking blooms of deep red, rosy pink or creamy white. The Glowing Horizons® loropetalum provides evergreen foliage to add depth and contrast to your garden all year long. As part of the Gardener’s Confidence® Collection, they meet the highest standards of dependability and beauty.
 

*Plant shown is Carolina Moonlight®

Development Story

Development Story

Mark Griffith of Griffith Propagation in Watkinsville, Georgia introduced the Chinese native Ever Red® loropetalum variety to the US. He is also responsible for discovering, refining and patenting the Little Rose Dawn® loropetalum. Ted Stephens, President of Nurseries Caroliniana in North Augusta, South Carolina has led the way in collecting and developing the Carolina Moonlight® loropetalum variety.

 

*Plant shown is Carolina Moonlight®

Development Story

Development Story

Some History of Loropetalum

The Loropetalum chinense, or Chinese Fringe-flower, native to SE Asia, is a medium- to fast-growing woody ornamental flowering shrub/small tree. Extremely heat tolerant, it thrives in southern US landscapes. Most varieties grow between 6’ to 10’ high, with roughly the same spread. As a member of the Witch Hazel family, loropetalum has a long history of use for a variety of medicinal purposes.

 

*Plant shown is Ever Red®

Development Story

Development Story

Thanks to its ease of care, tolerance of sun and heat, as well as its dramatic appearance, interest in loropetalum has increased over the last 10 to 20 years. Breeding programs in the USA and China have generated mature plant sizes ranging from 3 to 15 feet in height and spread, as well as a wide range of bark characteristics, flower color and foliage colorations. The Glowing Horizons® series loropetalum selections present the most striking and vivid appearance possible.

 

*Plant shown is Little Rose Dawn®

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

The Glowing Horizons® loropetalum are a true gardener's plant with attributes that make them easy to grow. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Can be grown as a screen or mass planting, or trained into espalier, topiary, or small tree forms. 

 

*Plant shown is Ever Red®

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Planting Guide

  • Dig a planting hole twice as large as the root ball
  • Remove plant from container and place in planting hole
  • Level top of root ball with the ground
  • Backfill
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Keep moist until established
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Pruning

Pruning is not required for the Glowing Horizons® loropetalum, as they have a good natural form, although you may want to prune to develop or maintain a desired shape or size, following spring flowering.

 

*Photo shown is a Little Rose Dawn®

How to Espalier

How to Espalier

The espalier process requires significant attention. Once you have decided your desired surface (usually trellis, gate or wall) and design, the plant must be pruned and trained. To successfully train your loropetalum, be careful to bend and train growth when it is young, new and flexible. Using soft string (or a twist tie) attach branches to your chosen surface. Attachments should be checked at least twice annually, and loosened (to avoid constricting growth) or reattached as needed. Remove extraneous branches. Branch tips should not be pruned until they have completed the design. Don't forget to remove unwanted new-growth shoots each growing season. 

*Plant shown is Ever Red®

How to Tree Form

How to Tree Form

While tree forming can be a lengthy process (3 to 5 years), the end product is well worth the work. The best time to begin tree forming your loropetalum is at the time of planting. For a standard, choose one of the the thickest trunks or upright branches; for a multi-stem, choose 3 to 5 of the thickest trunks or upright branches; prune the remaining vertical branches to ground level. Don't forget to remove unwanted new-growth shoots each growing season.

 

*Photo shown is a Ever Red®

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    Create a blush of pink in the garden with Little Rose Dawn®. Its dense habit makes it extremely versatile. The evergreen foliage makes it a perfect choice for a screen or hedge plant for added privacy.

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