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Lagerstroemia indica
Lagerstroemia indica

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Zone
Zones 7-10, 12-14, 18-21, 25-31, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Lagerstroemia indica

Crape Myrtle
Lythraceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees

LAGERSTROEMIA

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 indica
Lagerstroemia indica

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Lagerstroemia indica

Native to China. To 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1 to 2 1/2 in. long and somewhat narrower, often tinged red on opening and frequently turning brilliant orange or red in the fall. Crinkly petaled, crepe-like, 1 to 1 1/2-in. flowers in dense clusters range from white through pink to red and purple. Trained as a tree, develops an attractive trunk and branch structure. Smooth gray or light brown bark peels off to reveal smooth, pinkish inner bark. Winter trunk and branches look polished.

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