Petite Embers Crape Myrtle
Petite Embers Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Moners'Item #5540 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
A dwarf crape myrtle with a small, shrubby form and upright branching topped by a profusion of deep rose-colored crepe-like flower clusters in the heat of summer. A very useful size for smaller landscapes. Excellent massed in single-color plantings or used as an individual accent. Adapts well to containers. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-kaDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasA striking crape myrtle with small shrubby stature that brings the vivid late summer color into beds and borders. Spices up foundation planting perfectly. 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.Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); False Heather (Cuphea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Chaste Tree (Vitex); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Feed before new growth begins in spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove emerging suckers from base of older trees.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This is a smaller crape myrtle developed and introduced by Monrovia. Its parent is a small tree native to the South Pacific first recorded in England in 1759. Linnaeus gave the genus name to his friend, Magnus Lagerstroem. It 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.Lore:Many 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.