More about Purple Pixie Loropetalum...
NOTE: Make sure to see Culture & Care Tips below
With it's dwarf size and weeping, spreading habit, Purple Pixie is just the plant we've been looking for, for decades. Growing to only 1 to 2 feet in height with a spread of 4 to 5 feet, it boasts some of the most intense purple foliage color of any plant on the market, and the color doesn't fade during summer or winter or in sun or in shade. What's more is it produces vibrant pink, witchhazel-like, fringy flowers in spring, appearing occasionally in summer and again in fall. The flowers provide a stunning contrast to the the evergreen purple foliage.
The plants pictured right are 5-year old specimens growing in our landscape.
Purple Pixie Loropetalum works perfectly as a groundcover on slopes, as a border edger in landscape beds or foundation plantings, to cascade over walls in landscape beds, or in containers where it's weeping branches will cascade over the edges of pots.
Culture & Care Tips
When planted in the right location and properly planted, Purple Pixie Loropetalum is easy to grow and low maintance. Plant it in locations that provide well-drained soils and full sun to part shade. To ensure good soil drainage, Plant on sloped ground or in raised mounds. Just keep in mind that constantly wet or soggy soil is a killer of this plant. Avoid using too heavy a layer of mulch as this can retain to much moisture. Plants are exceptionally drought tolerant when established. In our trial gardens, we've had Purple Pixie growing in sites that provide anywhere from full sun to half a days shade. No pruning necessary though a stray branch can be snipped any time of year.
Helpful Planting & Care Tips Provided By Our Experts...
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Most Helpful Reviews
Purple LoropetalumAugust 8th 2014
It arrived promptly: it was packed well and I am pleased with my purchase.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Carolyn - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us and our visitors with your review. We absolutely love the Purple Pixie Loropetalum...and have the first two plants that came off of the "production line" back in 2007 (8?) growing in our gardens. After 7 years the plants are maybe 18-24 inches in height with about a 2.5 foot spread, and are doing wonderfully. After the first year we have not provided any supplemental irrigation and have yet to prune the plants. From our experience with this plant, one thing we can tell you and others is that Purple Pixie requires a well-drained soil. Constantly soggy soil will cause problems. After planting, give plants a good deep soaking and then during the first summer water only enough to keep the soil moist but not wet and the plants should do fine. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!
The plants were gorgeous - big and full - well cared for plants.April 14th 2014
Large healthy plants grew well all summer. Unfortunately, we had an extremely cold - colder than our normal winters where I lost plants I have had growing for 12+ years - and they froze out. I have already made another purchase from Gardener Direct (these made it through winter) and will be placing orders in the future.
11 OF SAID PRODUCTDecember 3rd 2012
PRODUCT ARRIVED IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. ONLINE SUPPORT WAS GREAT. WOULD DEFINITELY MAKE FUTURE PURCHASES FROM GARDEN DIRECT.
Hard to find plant in great conditionNovember 12th 2012
No one had Purple Pixie Loropetalums available in our area this October. Yours arrived in perfect condition and in great health. Thanks!
plants by mailNovember 5th 2012
Lovely little plants, arrived in happy condition. Just what I was looking for and Ill try Spencer again.
Loropetalum "Purple Pixies" - 1 gallonOctober 15th 2012
The plants arrived in great shape - I will use you in the future.
Purple Pixie LoropetalumJuly 8th 2012
The 7 plants arrived in great shape. The packing kept each plant stable and the damp paper in the top of each pot kept them all moist and healthy.
Outstanding service and productJune 4th 2012
We ordered and received 8 purple pixie loropetulum in perfect condition. Our order was processed very quickly and our plants look healthy. Befor placing the order, I called Spencer at GD and asked him a few questions. He was very knowledgable and a pleasure to work with. I will definitely be ordering again from GD.
Much AppreciatedMay 14th 2012
The very nice plant arrived safely and is already in the ground. Good merchandise and service -- much appreciated.
Wonderful Plants!April 4th 2012
I received 16 of the "Purple Pixie" Loropetalum in three days with expedited shipping. They arrived in perfect condition. I was totally amazed at how well they were packed to prevent damage. I have been in the "Nursery" business at a major retailer for 13 years. We never received plants in this great condition. I am looking so forward to the display of color contract in my beds surrounding my trees.
Couldnt be happierApril 1st 2012
I made a mistake when ordering, it was corrected and the order went out before I even completed payment for it. How much better could a shopping experience get?
1 gal purple pixie loropetalumMarch 26th 2012
Plants arrived quickly and were in excellent condition
Purple Pixie Lorapetalum PurchaseNovember 28th 2011
My Purple Pixies arrived on time and in perfect condition. Im thrilled with them. Very healthy plants with deep color. Exactly what I wanted. Thank you Gardener Direct.com.
PurchaseOctober 24th 2011
Everything from purchase through delivery was outstanding. Great service in all respects and the plant arrived in fine shape. A pleasure - thank you.
excellentOctober 18th 2011
Loropetalum "Purple Pixie" One GallonJuly 2nd 2011
We ordered 48 of these; all arrived in great shape; shipped promptly and packed very well. We are babying them to survive!! Highly recommend Gardener Direct.
Purple Pixie Loropetalum Customer ReviewMarch 10th 2011
Loropetalums arrived in good condition. Very satisfied with purchase.
Packaging and Shipping.August 17th 2014
The "Pixie" was delivered in the time stated and the packaging was so carefully constructed, that not even a leaf was damaged. It was a bit smaller than I had anticipated, but right now, I can't wait until it grows up so that I can see it in all its splendor.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Lynda - Thanks for taking the time to provide us and visitors to Gardener Direct with your review. We're happy to hear you were pleased with the carefully constructed packaging. We designed our own method of packaging which, 999 times out of 1000, keeps our container-grown plants from moving around in the box during transit, even in the event the box is handled improperly by the shipping company. Purple Pixie is a true dwarf so the plants are generally smaller in their containers than larger-growing cultivars. Too, the size of a plant can vary from time to time depending on where the crop is at in its development. That being said, we do our best to ship only fully rooted plants. In some of our other replies here in the review section you should find some helpful after-planting care tips. Let us know if there's ever any thing else we can help you with. We're at your service!
I love it BUTApril 14th 2014
I love this Purple Pixie Loropetalum, I bought two and neither survived the winter. I had them in a protected place and live in zone 7 which was supposed to be ok. I will try again with it but will keep it in a pot and move it indoors if we have another bad winter like this past one.
Loropetalum Purple PixieSeptember 23rd 2012
Plant was ok, unfortunately the plant was very dry and the box was not handled very carefully. The container was stapled to the box, so hard to get out without cutting the container to get the plant out. It is doing ok now and appears healthy, but drys out quickly. Any advice is appreciated.
Purple Pixie LoropetalumMay 23rd 2011
I love these plants; unfortunately, one has already died and I am wondering if I can get a replacement. Is this possible? The other plants are doing well, so I am not sure what happened. Your service is great.
Review of my purchaseApril 11th 2011
Recently I purchased two pixie loropetalum from GardenerDirect. The plant shipment arrived with the plants in very good condition. The only problem I had was with the tracking process. I would order from this supplier again.
Purple pixieAugust 17th 2014
Beautiful plants; either planting 'shock' into 8" of topsoil w beach sand beneath or overwatering caused several branches to brown out...they appear to be now acclimating to NC conditions.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Jeff - Thanks for taking the time to provide us and visitors to Gardener Direct with your review. We've found that the Purple Pixie requires good drainage. We have the original two Purple Pixies that came off the "production line" growing in our gardens here in mid Georgia. They've been there since 2007 and are exceptionally healthy with absolutely no supplemental irrigation. We have noticed that sometimes the Pixies will go through some initial "shock" after planting but then rebound and perform nicely afterwards if soil moisture is maintained properly during the first year. Just be careful not to overwater the plants. During the first summer after plantiing they will require enough water to keep the soil moist but not constantly soggy. When established they should require little if any supplemental irrigation. Please keep us posted as to how your plants Pixies do there in the sandy soil and let us know if there;s ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!
PixiesJuly 2nd 2012
Had a hard time finding these plants locally. Ordered and recd 6 plants; some are quite scarce of foliage and one was crushed in shipping so that a few of the young branches have broken off. So far they are doing fine in the ground. I am hoping they will fill out and look nice by next year.
Loropetalum Purple PixieMay 26th 2012
Plants arrived in fairly good condition except that branches on two of eight plants were broken and died after planting. Waiting to see if the plants will survive and recover broken limbs.
Condition of plants receivedApril 10th 2012
Two of the three pixie lorapetulum arrived in excellent condition. The third one had over half of its leaves dried and crumbly and when it was touched this portion of the plant just fell off.