This bright pink bush is in the backyard of the Palo Alto house. Many houses in the neighborhood have them.
They kind of remind me of a tropical version of witch hazel.
It’s Loropetalum chinense, also known as Chinese Fringe Flower (loros is the Greek word for a strap-like piece of cloth). Believe it or not, I was on the right track – Loropetalum is one of the genera in the Witch Hazel family, Hamamelidaceae.
These are evergreen shrubs that are native to China and Japan. They bloom in early spring (March or April). They are hardy down to zone 7, so we could have one in Portland, theoretically. I’m not a huge fan of the bright pink flowers, but some varieties have burgundy foliage and yet other varieties have white blooms, both of which are quite nice.
Which do you like – pink or white? Or both? Neither?