Genus: Lagerstroemia

Lagerstroemia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
(Lagerstroemia)
lag-er-STRO-mee-ah
Lythraceae
Lagerstroemia is a genus of 50 species of woodland shrubs and trees from Asia to Australia, where they are often found near rivers. Showy red, pink, purple, or white conical flower clusters have crinkled petals. The bark peels or exfoliates and often appears mottled. The genus includes the popular crape myrtle. Grow Lagerstroemia as specimens, in a group, or as a hedge or screen.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Brightly colored flower clusters and exfoliating bark.
Care:  Site in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Prune when dormant. Indoors, grow in full light and water freely during the growing season.
Propagation: 

Start seed indoors at 50-55°F in spring. Plants can also be propagated from softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Use bottom heat for the latter.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Lagerstroemia

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Cherry Dazzle® Dwarf Crapemyrtle
Lagerstroemia 'GAMAD I'
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Lagerstroemia fauriei
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Crape myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica
Problems: 

Dieback, powdery mildew, aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, whiteflies.