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Crape myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

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Lagerstroemia 'Red Rocket'

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 CharacteristicsHybrids of L. indica and L. fauriei vary greatly in size, habit, hardiness, and resistance to powdery mildew.

CareThrives 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.

PropagationRoot softwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsDieback, powdery mildew, aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and whiteflies.

  • Genus : Lagerstroemia
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Seed Heads
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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