Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
The crape myrtles are among the most satisfactory of plants for hot-summer regions; showy summer flowers, good-looking bark, and (in many cases) brilliant fall color make them attractive all year round. Long, cool autumns yield the best leaf display; the first hard frost ends the show.Lagerstroemia hybrids
Introductions of the U.S. National Arboretum, these hybrids between L. indica and L. fauriei have been selected for hardiness and mildew resistance. These 8–25-ft. plants are mostly as wide as high, but some are much narrower. White, pink, lavender, or red flowers appear in spring. Fall color runs mostly in the red-purple-orange range, though yellow is possible. Grow as shrubs or train into small trees.
‘Muskogee’: Grows to 25 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Lavender flowers, red fall color.
‘Natchez’: Reaches 25 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. White flowers, orange-red autumn color.
‘Pecos’: Grows to 8 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Pink flowers, maroon fall color.
‘Zuni’: Grows to 9 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Lavender flowers, orange-red fall color.
Native to China. Grows to 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1–2 1/2 in. long and somew...
Introductions of the U.S. National Arboretum, these hybrids between L. indica and L....
Native to China and northern India. Grows to 30–50 ft. tall and wide, with an irregular habit. R...