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Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Lythraceae - Crapemyrtle

Description

Leaves: Opposite, or occasionally alternate or whorled near branch ends; simple; 1" to 3" long; 3/4" to 1- 1/2" wide; deciduous; entire; elliptic to oblong; dark green and glabrous on top, glossy; lighter and glabrous beneath, often with hair on midrib; petiole very short or missing; yellow, orange, or red fall color.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender; almost square in cross-section on young stems; red-green at first turning brown; glabrous.  Buds pointed, with 2 outer scales fringed with small hairs; pressed against twig.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect; 1" to 1-1/2" wide; fringed or crinkled petals; showy; white, pink, purple, or red; in 6" to 8" long clusters at the ends of the branches; appear in July to September.  Fruit a 6-part capsule that splits open at maturity releasing winged seeds; 1/2" wide; matures in fall and stays on through winter.

Bark: Gray; smooth; peels off in thin layers exposing gray to brown inner bark; very attractive.

Wood: No information available.

General: Shrub to small tree native to China.  Shade intolerant. Sucker (sprout) growth can be a problem.

Landscape Use: Very attractive flowers and bark.  My main experience with this shrubby tree was in Alabama, where it was widely planted for its flowers.  I found it to be somewhat leggy and awkward when planted as a small street tree, but many cultivars exist with a variety of sizes and growth habits.  Would need a warm climate if planted in Utah.  Zones 6(5?)-9.

Cultivars: Numerous varieties

Characteristics

General

Family:
Lythraceae - Crapemyrtle
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
6-9
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Shrubby

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
High
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
High