White Chocolate Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'White Chocolate'
Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||Crape myrtles from the South Pacific arrived in Charleston, South Carolina where botanist Andre Michaux was the first to cultivate them around 1786. They grew at Mount Vernon in the 18th century and remain popular throughout the south where this cultivar was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia, Athens.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||Small trees are perfect in the front yard to call attention to the entry or at other important points without crowding in foundation beds. Use in the backyard as a focal point in the view of oft used windows and sliders. Excellent choice around patios for color, enclosure and light filtered shade at maturity. Makes a super sideyard privacy screen with lots of interest for adjacent windows.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean|
|Landscape Use||Firescaping/Fire Wise|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Fall Color, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.|
Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Reduce frequency once established; tolerates some drought. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove emerging suckers from base of older trees.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 7 - 9