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
15 to 20 ft. tall and 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:15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Pink
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
Design IdeasThis variety is not mildew resistant, but is still a gorgeous high-profile street tree that offers civic beauty without the litter and invasiveness of more commonly used street trees. An equally good shade tree for city yards with a bonus of flowers and fall color. Its size makes it perfect for light shading around decks and patios, to dress up lawn-edge planters, or as a single stunning tree for the front yard. Frame a long driveway with them for a formal statement. Best of all, it is reasonably drought resistant.
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 huge range from China to Australia. It arrived in Britain in 1759 and Linnaeus named the genus after friend Magnus Lagerstroem, a Swede. It was cultivated in Charleston, South Carolina by Andre Michaux around 1786. Original species are recorded to have been grown at famous colonial farms and plantations including Mount Vernon, and from these original stands the first cultivars were developed.
Lore:
Crape myrtles have become one of the most common and reliable flowering trees for the American South.