• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to a rounded crown 25 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to a rounded crown 25 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasThis huge Crape Myrtle is often used as a street or shade tree. Perfect for light shading around decks and patios, to dress up lawn-edge planters, or as a single stunning lawn tree in the front yard. Line the driveway or parkway with them and wait for the oohs and aahs! Like all white flowers, this tree will literally glow in the moonlight.
    Companion PlantsGlendora is the perfect neutral mass of white for more subtle-colored flowering plants. In warmer climates, surround the tree with pink and lavender from Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha), Siskiyou Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa 'Siskiyou') and Flower CarpetTM Pink Groundcover Rose (Rosa x 'Noatraum'). In the background, plant the fast- growing, purple-flowering Potato Vine (Solanum jasminoides).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This small tree is native to a large region spanning the South Pacific from China to Australia. It first arrived at Kew in 1759 and was named by Linnaeus after his friend and contemporary, Magnus V. Lagerstroem, also a Swede. Crape Myrtle reached American shores soon after where botanist Andre Michaux of Charleston, South Carolina successfully cultivated the trees around 1786. These trees have since become a staple of the South.
    Crape myrtle is known to have been cultivated early on at many historic sites such as Mount Vernon. At these important plantations and nurseries the first named cultivars appeared.