• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • 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 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
    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
    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.