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Centennial Spirit Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Centennial Spirit'

SKU
05476
Displays large, long lasting, non-fading clusters of rose-red, crepe-like flowers. Handsome mildew-resistant foliage is dark green in summer, red-orange fall color. Gray colored bark exfoliates in thin strips to expose smooth, cream colored bark. This attractive small tree was introduced by Oklahoma State University. Deciduous.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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LoreIn its Asian habitat of origin, crape myrtle's famously smooth bark became known as "monkey slide".
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThe perfect small accent tree for urban and spatially challenged suburban yards. Ideal for front yard in the lawn or for largish planters near the front door. Line them up along the driveway for a late summer show. Blend into sweeping beds and borders to balance out spring blooming trees. Beautiful bark is exceptional up close for shading outdoor living spaces, porch and patio.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsBlend this casual styled plant with other relaxed perennials such as Marmalade Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Marmalade'), Farmington Michaelmas Daisy, (Aster novi-belgii 'Balco'), Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower, (Echinacea x 'CBG Cone 2') and Astilbe Colorflash Lime, (Astilbe arendsii 'Beauty of Lisse'). It's also a good balance for spring blooming Magical Gold Forsythia, (Forsythia intermeida 'Kolgold').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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