• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Summer Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasA 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.
    Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); False Heather (Cuphea); Lilyturf (Liriope); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This crape myrtle was developed by Monrovia and introduced in 1962. Its parent is a tree native to the Pacific Rim from China to the South Pacific. Michaux was the first to grow them in America at his nursery in South Carolina about 1786. Trees eventually became a staple of the deep South where many new cultivars were proven for disease resistance.
    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.