Ebony and Ivory Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia x 'Ebony and Ivory'
|Description||Clusters of dazzling white flower trusses are showcased by intense, black foliage, creating a dramatic contrast for summer and fall landscapes. An eye-catching border plant or landscape accent, grown as a large shrub or a small tree. Drought tolerant once established. Deciduous.|
|Watering||Water deeply when soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Summer into fall|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Waterwise, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs|
|Flower Attributes||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Design Ideas||Small trees are perfect in the front yard to call attention to the entry or at other important points without crowding in foundation beds. Use in the backyard as a focal point in the view of oft used windows and sliders. Excellent choice around patios for color, enclosure and light filtered shade at maturity. Makes a great sideyard privacy screen with lots of interest for adjacent windows.|
|Companion Plants||Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Catmint (Nepeta); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Rosemary (Rosmarinus)|
|Care||Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Reduce frequency once established; tolerates some drought. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove emerging suckers from base of older trees.|
|Lore||Crape myrtles from the South Pacific arrived in Charleston, South Carolina where botanist Andre Michaux was the first to cultivate them around 1786.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9
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