Play It Again® Double Feature® Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'WHIT IX' PP #23,559

This compact re-bloomer dazzles the garden with wine-red new spring foliage and an abundance of ruby red summer flowers that continue to bloom on the same panicles through to fall! Dark green, mildew resistant foliage. A carefree, waterwise shrub that forms a dense, nearly perfect ball with little to no pruning and produces no seed capsules. Deciduous.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationla-ger-STREEM-ee-a IN-dih-kuh
LoreMany assume the Crape Myrtle is native because it is so common in the South, but it is among the first Asian introductions in America that proved perfectly adapted to the rigors of hot, humid climates. Lagerstroemia was first grown in America by Andre Michaux at his nursery in Charleston, S.C. Many historic sites including Mount Vernon were planted with Michaux's first varieties which remain in cultivation throughout the Carolinas today.
Average Size at MaturityModerately slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
Bloom TimeSummer to Fall
Design IdeasA striking Crape Myrtle with smaller stature that brings vivid late summer color into beds and borders. Spices up foundation plantings perfectly. Neat, rounded form lends itself to contemporary landscapes. Plant as a single, in groups to intensify color or in a row for a beautiful blooming hedge. When used next to outdoor living areas the attractive bark may be enjoyed while plants are dormant.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Heat Loving, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsButterfly Bush (Buddleja); Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); False Heather (Cuphea); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Dwarf Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Easy to grow in average, clay to loamy soils with good drainage. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Natural semi-dwarf form needs no pruning unless smaller size is desired.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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