Petite Pinkie Crape Myrtle
Petite Pinkie Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Monkie'Item #5560 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Vibrant, profuse clusters of clear pink, crepe-like blossoms on this popular, showy, dwarf crape myrtle with extremely attractive, smooth bark texture. Begins blooming in summer; later in colder winter zones. Excellent massed in single-color plantings or used as an individual accent. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; 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 - 21, 25 - 31Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer to FallFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThis is an ideal small shrub for the sunny garden. Its form, foliage and summer blooms combine well with other shrubs and trees. Planted alone, as a specimen, its showy pink flowers command attention in late summer. Absolutely beautiful when several are massed together. Perfect for the centerpiece of a raised terrace or planted along a driveway for a colorful welcome home.Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); False Heather (Cuphea); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Pink Jasmine (Jasminum); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. 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: late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This dwarf form was introduced by Monrovia in 1962. Its parent is native to the South Pacific. It reached American shores around 1786 and received by the famed Charleston nurseryman, Andre Michaux. In his South Carolina nursery he began propagation, with many of the first plants grown in famous plantations such as Mount Vernon and Montechello. It would later prove well adapted to the American south and became a signature species of gardens there.Lore:Linnaeus named the genus for is friend and contemporary botanist, Magnus von Lagerstroem.