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 hybrid
Introductions of the U.S. National Arboretum, these hybrids between Lagerstroemia indica and Lagerstroemia fauriei have been selected for hardiness and mildew resistance. These 8- to 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.
Native to China. To 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1 to 2 1/2 in. long and somewhat narro...
Introductions of the U.S. National Arboretum, these hybrids between Lagerstroemia indica and&...
Native to China, northern India. To 30 to 50 ft. high and wide, with irregular habit. Rich green, 1- t...