Lagerstroemia fauriei

Lagerstroemia fauriei

Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Natchez'
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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(Lagerstroemia fauriei)
Genus:  Lagerstroemia
This is a fast-growing, upright deciduous tree with delicate white flowers in early summer. As it matures, it develops a spectacular patchwork of bark in shades of gray, maroon, and brown. Oblong dark green leaves turn red-orange in autumn. Cultivar 'Fantasy' is vigorous and hardier than the species, with exceptional bark.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Native to Japan, this species makes an excellent multi-stemmed specimen tree growing up to 25 feet or taller.
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
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Flowering Tree,
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Screening
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Trees

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