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Emerald Snow® Fringeflower

Loropetalum 'Shang-white'

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Emerald Snow Fringeflower (Loropetalum 'Shang-white') at Walton's Garden Center

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower flowers

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Emerald Snow Fringeflower (Loropetalum 'Shang-white') at Walton's Garden Center

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower flowers

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Chinese Fringe Flower, Chinese Witch Hazel

Brand:  Southern Living Western Garden


Emerges in the spring with bright lime-green foliage, turning to green during summer; this compact shrub has showy white spider flowers in spring and and may repeat in fall; part-shade is best; needs regular watering, especially in midsummer heat

Ornamental Features

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower features showy white spider-like flowers held atop the branches in early spring. It has attractive green evergreen foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Emerald Snow® Fringeflower makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features