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Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica
(la-ger-STROO-mee-a IN-dih-kuh)

Crape Myrtle, Crapemyrtle, Crepemyrtle

Family
Lythraceae

Description
This is by far our region’s most popular ornamental tree

Plant habit
Medium shrub to large tree, typically multi-trunked, this deciduous shrub or tree grows into an upright vase form with irregular, ascending branches

Landscape use
Plant as a specimen or in a group, a four seasonal, ornamental plant

Average mature size
25’ tall x 15’ wide (check variety for specific mature size)

Growth rate
Slow to moderate; however, faster growing hybrids are available,  easy to transplant and grow

Sun exposure
Sun

Soil requirements
Tolerates heavy, alkaline soils

Water requirements
Tolerates any well-drained soil, tolerates high humidity and drought, once established

Heat tolerance
High

Foliage
Deciduous, dark green, leathery leaves, yellow, russet, and red fall coloration

Flowers
Large panicles; color is specific to variety (white, red, magenta, coral, purple, pink)

Blooming period
Throughout the summer

Fruit characteristics
Small brown seed pods; provide fall and winter interest

Bark
Cinnamon colored, exfoliating; provides winter interest

Pests and disease
Many varieties are susceptible to powdery mildew, sooty mold and aphids; select a resistant variety, resistant to cotton root rot, Providing good air circulation helps to prevent disease

Other
Resist the urge to prune, as those left unpruned bloom sooner and heavier than those that are heavily pruned, an effect known as “crape murder” or “crapicide.”

“The crape myrtle is unrivaled among small flowering trees in ease of culture, length of bloom period, interesting trunks and many other features.” – Neil Odenwald, Identification, Selection, and Use of Southern Plants for Landscape Design.