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 CharacteristicsNative to Japan, this species makes an excellent multi-stemmed specimen tree growing up to 25 feet or taller.
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 : Early Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun
- Characteristics : Interesting Bark
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
- Plant Type : Trees
- Flower Color : White