Loropetalum chinense (R.Br.) Oliv.

Strap Petal

Evergreen shrub mostly 1-2 m tall with star-shaped hairs on the stems and leaves. Leaves 3-4 cm long, alternate, entire, ovate, pale below, rough to the touch; base unequal. Flowers in compact cream coloured clusters at the tips of short stalks. Sepals 4. Petals 4, to 2 cm long, strap-like. Stamens 4; early spring. Ovary inferior, 2-chambered. Fruit a woody capsule, the 2 chambers each with 1 seed.

China, Himalaya, Japan

Seed. Grafts may be made on to Hamamelis.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Hamamelidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Hamamelidaceae
genus        Loropetalum Reichb.