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Petite Orchid™ Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Monhid'

Pronunciation: la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-dih-kuh
SKU #05550

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Description A dwarf, upright-branched shrub topped by a profusion of dark orchid crepe-like blooms in the heat of summer. The moderately small size is well-suited to smaller landscapes and adapts well to containers. Excellent massed in single-color plantings or singly as an accent. Deciduous.
Light Full sun
Watering Water deeply when soil is dry.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Fast growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Attractive Bark, Easy Care, Fall Color, Waterwise, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Design Ideas A great specimen shrub that bursts into lilac-orchid flower in late summer. Use it to cool a garden sitting room, as a focal point in the landscape, and in front of dark evergreens.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants California Lilac (Ceanothus); False Heather (Cuphea); Lilyturf (Liriope); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Care Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring; leave 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove suckers from the base of older trees.
Lore The earliest crepe myrtle trees were grown by Michaux and sent from his nursery to man of our nation's most important early plantations such as Montechello and Mount Vernon.

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