• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Summer Flowers
    Summer to Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21, 25 - 31
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer to Fall
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    Linnaeus named the genus for is friend and contemporary botanist, Magnus von Lagerstroem.