Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing to a rounded crown 25 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
Plant type:Shrub, Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
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
Blooms:Summer
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 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:
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.
Lore:
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.