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Loropetalum is a genus of three species of shrubs or small trees in the witch-hazel family, Hamamelidaceae, native to China, Japan, and south-eastern Asia.[1]

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Loropetalum
  • Tetrathyrium Bentham

The name Loropetalum refers to the shape of the flowers and comes from the Greek loron meaning strap and petalon meaning petal. Flowers are produced in clusters during spring and are similar to those of the closely related witch-hazel. Each flower consists of four to six (depending on species) slender strap shaped petals 1–2 cm long.

The species are:


  1. ^ a b Zhi-Yun Zhang, Hongda Zhang, and Peter K. Endress, "Loropetalum R. Brown in G. F. Abel, Narr. Journey China, App. B. 375. 1818", Flora of China