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Lagerstroemia indica (Crape myrtle)

Lagerstroemia indica Lagerstroemia 'Red Rocket' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica lag-er-STRO-mee-ah IN-dih-kah Common Name: Crape myrtle 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.
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 Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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