Crape myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Lagerstroemia 'Red Rocket'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Park Seed
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Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
lag-er-STRO-mee-ah IN-dih-kah
Genus:  Lagerstroemia
Crape myrtle is an upright deciduous tree or large shrub. Dark green leaves emerge bronze. White, pink, red, or purple flowers appear from summer to autumn. Peeling gray-and-brown bark is attractive. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Hybrids of L. indica and L. fauriei vary greatly in size, habit, hardiness, and resistance to powdery mildew.
Care:  Thrives in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Grow against a warm, sunny wall where marginally hardy or overwinter in a greenhouse. Can be hard pruned if renovation is required.
Propagation:  Root softwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Dieback, powdery mildew, aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and whiteflies.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Flowering Tree,
Hedge,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Trees

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