• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Summer Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    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 rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThe white blossoms will help cool a hot part of the garden when massed there. Mix with other colors of crape myrtle in a line bordering a path or walkway. Decorate a bank by a pool with these colorful shrubs that bloom during the hottest time of year.
    Companion PlantsIndian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Lilyturf (Liriope); False Heather (Cuphea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Feed before new growth begins in spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove emerging suckers from base of older trees.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This dwarf form was developed by Monrovia and introduced in 1962. It's parent is a tree native to a large region from China to Australia. It first arrived in England in 1759, but did not catch on until Andre Michaux grew them in his Charleston, South Carolina nursery around 1786. It was spread to many early American historic sites such as Mount Vernon and Montechello.
    Lore:
    Linnaeus named the genus for his friend, Magnus Lagerstroem.