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Lophomyrtus x ralphii Magic Dragon

Evergreen shrub with unusual leaves of burgundy, cream and pink

This is a compact shrub, with variegated leaves that emerge green, turning first burgundy and then pinky-bronze with cream borders as the seasons evolve. There are small white flowers in June and July.


It can be planted in full sunlight or part shade, and is great for the front of a border, or in a container.


It likes well-drained soil. Cut back any dead stems in winter or spring.

This plant is a native of New Zealand.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 160 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 95 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September