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Lagerstroemia indica     
Crape myrtle   
Lythraceae Family     

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of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.

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Crape Myrtle
shrub form of Lagerstroemia indica
Form: medium to large vase-shaped shrub; can be trained to tree
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: standard form 4-20ft, spread 1/2 height; dwarf forms (to 6ft) are available
Leaves: simple, oval to lanceolate, to 2in, glossy green, sometimes bronze-tinged; attractive; wide variation in fall color, on some plants the leaves stay green until dropping, on others they turn crimson or yellow
Flowers: large clusters on branch terminals; color varies from white, pink, lavender, red hues; bloom from early summer until fall
Fruit: distinctive capsule held in popcorn-like clusters
Stems/Trunks: attractive, smooth muscular look, bark exfoliates when young to reveal smooth, lightly mottled look
Range/Origin: China
Hardiness: to single digits or colder


 

Crape myrtle trees
Lagerstroemia indica trained as trees
LANDSCAPE VALUE:


CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:
close-up of trunk
trunk of Lagerstroemia indica
dry seed pods
dry seed pods
Crape myrtle flowers
flowers





NOTES:

removal of pods will cause second flush of flowers
many varieties available offering choices of plant size and flower color


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