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White Chocolate Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'White Chocolate'

Maroon-colored new leaves become bronzy-green as they mature, providing superb contrast to the clusters of small, pure white crepe-paper like flowers. Fall leaves are a mixture of orange and yellow. Makes a beautiful landscape specimen. Deciduous.
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Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.


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LoreCrape 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 MaturityModerate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasSmall 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Fall Color, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCombine this little crape myrtle with stellar Mediterraneans such as Jerusalem Sage, (Phlomis lanata), French Lavender, (Lavandula dentata candicans), Tuscan Blue Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'), and Lavendercotton, (Santolina chamaecyparissus). Equally beautiful with semiformal plants such as Smooth Melody Thornless Hybrid Tea Rose, (Rosa x 'Smooth Melody'), Flower Carpet{{#174}} Red Groundcover Rose, (Rosa x 'Noare'), Purple Fountain Grass, (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum').

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

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