Near East Crape Myrtle
Near East Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Near East'Item #5630 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Displays large, long lasting clusters of soft pink crepe-like flowers. Handsome foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer, orange-red fall color.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.Key Feature:Summer FloweringBlooms:SummerLandscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-kaDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.