Spring foliage

This looks like Autumn foliage, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s the late Spring foliage of the Loropetalum shrub, also known as the Chinese Fringe Flower shrub. Earlier in the season the leaves were a dark purple color, but as the flowers faded, the leaves took on more of this Autumn-like hue.

Chinese Fringe Flower

Loropetalum is also known as Chinese Fringe Flower or Chinese Witch Hazel. An evergreen shrub, it blooms here in early Spring, and only a few blooms remain now. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Loropetalum, witch-hazel’s cousin

There is a lovely large shrub now in riotous bloom along the edge of our driveway. Although the blooms look like witch-hazel, the shrub actually is a loropetalum.  It has been described as a “cousin” of witch-hazel and is sometimes called Chinese Witch-Hazel or Chinese Fringe Flower.   “Colors are the smiles of nature.”  (Leigh Hunt)