Centennial Spirit Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Centennial Spirit'

This gorgeous shrubby tree begins its seasonal show with magnificent, dark wine red inflorences that stand upright on the trees like torches in summer. In fall, foliage reliably turns red and orange. Over winter, the exposed bark offers unique peeling texture with light silvery contrasts in the traditional sinuous crape myrtle fashion. All this is matched by improved cold hardiness, mildew resistance and limited suckering. Prune to desired size and shape for an accent, as a high profile hedge, or specimen shrub. Deciduous. Moderate growth to 10 to 20 feet tall and nearly as wide.
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7 - 9

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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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LoreIn its Asian habitat of origin, crape myrtle's famously smooth bark became known as "monkey slide".
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThe perfect small accent tree for urban and spatially challenged suburban yards. Ideal for front yard in the lawn or for largish planters near the front door. Line them up along the driveway for a late summer show. Blend into sweeping beds and borders to balance out spring blooming trees. Beautiful bark is exceptional up close for shading outdoor living spaces, porch and patio.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Key FeatureSummer Flowering

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.

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