Sunday, July 4, 2010

Crape Myrtles

Lagerstroemia

Among the best of all summer flowering trees in the Mid Atlantic and southern U.S. as well as some parts of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America - the Crape Myrtle s are very easy to grow however thrive best on deep soil and a sheltered site. They are long-lived and tolerant of heat, drought and humidity making them very versitile once established. They are also moderately salt tolerate making them suitable trees for parking lot islands and roadsides as well as the seashore. Crape Myrtles however do need full sun. They are often very fast growing and may reach 3 feet in the first season from 4 inch rooted cuttings planted in May. The flowers vary greatly in color depending on variety and the foliage in summer is generally glossy green and oval and up to 3.5 inches long. After the long bloom season is over there is usually a second show of color as the leaves turn in the fall at around the same time the seeds mature. On young trees it is best to remove the flower clusters after they are done blooming so that they do not way down the branches and that the energy goes into new growth the following year rather than seed production. Sometimes dead heading spent blooms will extend the blooming season later into the fall. Normal bloom time for the Crapes is from July to September. Powdery mildew was a fungus that would ruin the foliage on many of the older varieties by late in the summer; however most of the new hybrids are resistant. Many of these new hybrids were produced by the U.S. National Arboretum and are the combination of the colorful blooming traditional Lagerstroemia indica ( a native of warmer parts of China ) with the more cold tolorant, attractive barked Lagerstroemia faurei ( the Japanese Crape Myrtle ). Almost all these varieties are very trouble free and keep very healthy foliage long into the fall.
For all Lagerstroemia - pruning is very important. Since the tree forms are also often grown for their bark - Crapes are often sold as multi-stem however too many stems is bad as it will hinder the trees natural form and will end up looking like a big clump of sticks or just a huge overgrown shrub. Crape Myrtles are best trained to 1 to 3 main trunks ( or 5 in some not so huge varieties ) and trained to a sturdy framework of branches and limbed up as they grow in size so eventually you have a tree you can walk under. Such trees are excellent for small gardens and patios. As for the Dwarf varieties - little pruning is generally needed.
Crape Myrtles are usually easy to transplant as potted stock as long as not overly root bound and also somewhat easy to plant as ball and burlap. They do need to be kept moist and their roots kept free from competing plants such as turf until well established.
Propagation: soft to semi-softwood cuttings taken before blooming begins, root easily under mist, 1000 to 3000 ppm in 2 to 6 weeks.







* photos taken on July 27 2010 in Laurel, MD












* photo taken on Oct 30 2014 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on Nov 1 2014 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on Nov 2014 in Columbia, MD

* videos found on Youtube




Lagerstroemia 'Acoma' ( Acoma Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, small tree reaching a maximum size of 20 x 25 feet with a trunk diameter of 1.5 foot. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 4 feet.
The leaves are purplish during spring, turning to deep green during summer. They turn to red or purple during autumn. The leaves are up to 3 x 1.5 inches in size.
The white flower clusters, up to 12 x 5 inches, persist over a season lasting up to 90 days from mid summer to early autumn.
The bark is light grayish-brown to almost white.
Hardy zones 6b to 9 ( wood hardy to - 12 F ). It will also grow as a perennial in zone 5 on protected sites if deeply mulched during winter. Mildew resistant.



* photo taken on July 1 2010 in Columbia, MD







* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 in Washington, D.C.



* photos taken on May 7 2014 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD





* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC



* photo taken on July 5 2015 in Columbia, MD




* photo taken on July 26 2016 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on Aug 11 2016 in Columbia, MD





Lagerstroemia 'Apalachee' ( Apalachee Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, upright, medium-sized tree, reaching a maximum size of 28 x 23 feet with a trunk diameter up to 2 feet across.
The foliage is bronzy-green at first, turning to glossy deep green. The leaves turn intense orange to red during autumn. The leaves are up to 3.5 x 2 inches in size.
The light-lavender flower clusters, up to 9.5 x 7 inches, are borne mid summer to early autumn.
The exfoliating bark is glowing cinnamon-orange.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Very resistant to mildew.



* photos taken on Aug 20 2011 @ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD




* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC





Lagerstroemia 'Arapaho' ( Arapaho Crape Mytle )
A very fast growing, upright, vase-shaped, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 22 feet. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 5 feet; 3 years - 15 feet; 15 years - 25 x 20 feet.
The foliage is vibrant red at first, soon turning to glossy deep green. The leaves turn deep red to purplish-red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 3 x 1.5 inches in size.
The intense deep red flower clusters, up to 7 x 4 inches, last all summer long.
The exfoliating bark is light tan color.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( root hardy to zone 6 ). Very disease resistant

* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.






Lagerstroemia 'Bashams Party Pink ( Party Pink Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, rounded, medium-sized tree, reaching a maximum size of 50 x 40 ( averaging 35 x 35 ) feet. Some records include: 15 years - 20 x 15 feet ( average ).
The bright green foliage turns to orange and red during autumn. The leaves are up to 4 x 1.5 inches in size.
Its huge, lavender-pink flower clusters, up to 18 x 8 inches, persist up to 80 days beginning mid-summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Baton Rouge' ( Baton Rouge Crape Myrtle )
A slow to moderate growing growing shrub with spreading to weeping branches, reaching a maximum size of 10 x 6 feet but averaging closer to 4 x 5 feet.
The foliage is luxuriant deep green, turning to yellow, orange and red during autumn, often with all colors being present on the same plant.
The rosy-red flowers are borne on large inflorescences during summer. In very mild climates, it may bloom over an extremely long period from late spring to early fall.
The attractive exfoliating bark is reddish-brown.
Hardy zones 6b to 9.

Lagerstroemia 'Biloxi' ( Biloxi Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, upright to arching tree, reaching a maximum size of 45 x 40 feet. Some records include - 12 years - 20 x 12 feet ( average ).
The foliage is purplish-red during spring, turning to glossy deep green during summer. The obovate leaves are up to 4 x 1.6 inches in size.
It bears deep pink, rounded flowers clusters, up to 12 x 8 inches, that persist up to 80 days.
The exfoliating gray and dark brown bark is very attractive.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.



* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.





* photos taken on May 7 2014 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD



* photos taken on May 7 2014 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD


* photo taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photo taken on Nov 19 2016 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD




Lagerstroemia 'Black Diamond Blush'
A semi-dwarf form, reaching up to 12 x 12 feet; with blackish-burgundy foliage contrasting with pale-pink flowers. The flowers are borne mid-summer until autumn frost.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

Lagerstroemia 'Black Diamond Crimson Red'
A semi-dwarf form, reaching up to 12 x 12 feet; with blackish-burgundy foliage contrasting with intense deep red flowers. The flowers are borne mid-summer until autumn frost.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

* photo taken on Oct 30 2014 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Black Diamond Pure White'
A semi-dwarf form, reaching up to 12 x 12 feet; with blackish-burgundy foliage contrasting with pure white flowers. The flowers are borne mid-summer until autumn frost.
Hardy zones 6 to 9. It has excellent mildew resistance.

* photo taken on Aug 3 2013 in Columbia, MD



Lagerstroemia 'Black Diamond Red Hot'
A semi-dwarf form, reaching up to 12 x 12 feet; with blackish-burgundy foliage contrasting with bright scarlet-red flowers. The flowers are borne mid-summer until autumn frost.
Hardy zones 6 to 9. It has excellent mildew resistance.

* photos taken on June 28 2015 in Elkridge, MD



Lagerstroemia 'Burgundy Cotton'
A fast growing, upright, multi-stemmed tree, reaching a maximum size of 20 x 15 ( rarely over 15 ) feet. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 5 + feet.
The foliage is deep red at first, turning reddish-green by late summer. They turn to orange-red during autumn.
The abundant, white flowers are borne late summer until autumn frost.
Hardy zones 7 to 9.

* photos taken on May 21 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 16 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on July 24 2014 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 24 2015 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Caddo' ( Caddo Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, spreading large shrub to small tree, reaching a maximum size of 16 x 20 feet. Some records include: 15 years - 8 x 10 feet.
The foliage is bright green during spring, turning to semi-glossy deep green during summer. The leaves turn to red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 2.3 x 1.5 inches in size.
The bright pink flower clusters, up to 10 x 9 inches, persist up to 80 days.
The attractive exfoliating bark is bright orangish-brown.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is mildew resistant.



* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


Lagerstroemia 'Carolina Beauty' ( Carolina Beauty Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, vase-shaped, small tree reaching a maximum size of 30 x 20 feet.
The foliage is bright green during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to red during autumn.
The red blooms persist up to 65 days over the summer season.
The bark is grayish in color.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is prone to mildew.

Lagerstroemia 'Catawba' ( Catawba Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, dense, upright, rounded, large shrub to small tree, reaching a maximum size of 28 x 20 feet wide, however typically much less, especially on trees with many trunks. Some records include: 3 years - 10 x 8 feet; 15 years - 15 x 12 feet ( average )..
The leathery foliage is purplish at first, turning to glossy deep green during summer. The leaves turn intense orange-red during autumn.
The mid purplish-pink flower clusters, up to 7 x 6 inches, persist up to 70 days during summer.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.




* photo taken on Sep 8 2014 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on Oct 16 2014 in Howard Co., MD

* photos taken on July 17 2015 in Columbia, MD





* photo taken on Sep 17 2016 in Annapolis, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Cedar Red'
Also called 'Cedar Lane Red'. A fast growing, large shrub, reaching a maximum size of 18 x 15 feet. Some records include: 13 years - 13.6 feet.
The foliage is rich-red at first, turning to deep green during summer. They turn back to red or sometimes orange during autumn.
The flowers are a true red.
Hardy zones 6b to 9 ( north to zone 5a as a perennial )

Lagerstroemia 'Centennial Spirit' ( Centennial Spirit Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, upright growing tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 20 feet. Some records include: 15 years - 20 x 20 feet.
The thick glossy deep green foliage turns to purplish-red during autumn.
The large, upright, deep red flower clusters, up to 12 x 8 inches, persist up to 110 days from mid-summer to mid-autumn.
Hardy zones 7a to 9 and has survived as a perennial to as cold as - 28 F. Tolerant of cooler summers, thriving in western Oregon. It is mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Cherry dazzle' ( Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, spreading, small shrub, reaching up to 3.5 x 5 ( rarely over 2.7 x 3 ) feet in 3 years; 5 x 5 feet in 4 years, eventually 5 x 8 feet.
The leaves are bronze green turning dark green then orange-red-purple in the fall.
The flowers are scarlet-red.
Hardy zone 7 to 9. Very disease resistant.

* photos taken on Aug 17 2012 in Columbia, MD


* photo taken on August 24 2010 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on June 7 2012 in Columbia, MD
* photo taken on Aug 16 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 16 2013 in Columbia, MD








* photos taken on on Aug 23 2014 in Columbia, MD





* photo taken on Aug 27 2015 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Cheyenne' ( Cheyenne Crape Myrtle )
A multi-trunked, upright, rounded shrub, reaching a maximum size of 12 x 10 feet. Some records include: 10 years - 8 x 8 feet; 15 years - 10 x 10 feet.
The foliage is glossy deep reddish-green to deep green, turning to deep red during autumn. The leaves are up to 2 x 1.5 inches in size.
The deep pinkish-red flower clusters are up to 6 x 4 inches in size.
The attractive exfoliating bark is light reddish-tan color.
Hardy zones 7b to 9. Very mildew resistant.

* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.





* photo taken on Aug 20 2011 @ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

* photo taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC


Lagerstroemia 'Chica Red' ( Chica Red Crape Myrtle )
An upright, dense, small shrub, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 4 feet.
The foliage is purplish during early spring, turning to bright green during summer, then to red during autumn.
The red flowers are borne through most of the summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9.
'Chica Pink' is similar with bright pink flowers.

Lagerstroemia 'Chickasaw' ( Chickasaw Crape Myrtle )
A vigorous but compact, mounding, small shrub, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 3.5 feet. Some records include: 5 years - 2 x 3 feet.
The foliage is bright green during spring, turning glossy deep green in summer. The leaves then turn to red during autumn. The tiny leaves are up to 1.2 x 0.7 inches in size.
Its bears dense, small, light pink flower clusters, up to 1.2 x 1.5 inches, that persist up to 90 days over the summer season.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( 6 as perennial ). Cuttings typically root in 2 to 3 weeks under mist 1000 ppm IBA. It is highly mildew resistant.

* photo taken on Aug 25 2012 in Baltimore Co., MD

* photo taken on Aug 18 2011 in Howard Co., MD


Lagerstroemia 'Choctow' ( Choctow Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 30 feet. Some records include: 20 years- 22 x 23 feet ( average ). The Choctow Crape Myrtle is similar in habit to the American Elm.
The foliage is purplish-red at first, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to reddish-purple during autumn. The elliptical leaves are up to 3.5 x 1.5 inches in size.
The dark-pink flower clusters, up to 18 x 14 inches in size, persist up to 90 days from mid summer to early autumn.
The ornamental bark is orangish in color.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photo taken on July 1 2010 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.




* photo taken on Aug 5 2015 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Comanche' ( Comanche Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, broad-spreading, large shrub to small tree, reaching a maximum size of 23 x 23 feet. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 4 feet; 15 years - 12 x 15 feet ( average ).
The foliage is purplish during spring turning to dark green during summer. The obovate leaves turn red during autumn.
The intense pink flower clusters, up to 10 x 9.5 inches, persist over 100 days from mid summer to early summer.
The bark is orangish in color and very attractive.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.

* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC




Lagerstroemia 'Conestoga' ( Conestoga Crape Myrtle )
A large open shrub, reaching a maximum size of 15 x 16 feet.
The semi-glossy leaves are deep green, turning to orangish-red during autumn.
The dense, lavender-pink flower clusters, up to 8 x 6.5 inches, are borne during mid to late summer.
The exfoliating bark is gray.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Mildew resistant.

* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.




Lagerstroemia 'Coral Filli'
A vigorous, low, bushy, dense, dwarf Crape Myrtle, reaching a maximum size of 2 x 3 feet. In the midwest, Great Lakes and New England, it is generally reduced to a perennial, however is still along with the other Filli hybrids, the hardiest of all Crape Myrtles. It has been proven to be solidly hardy in places such as Nebraska, Chicago ILL, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
In zone 5, the foliage appears around mid May and is red-green at first, turning to glossy deep green during summer then to bronze or purple-red during autumn.
The intense coral-pink flowers last from mid summer until autumn frosts.
The leaves, up to 1.5 x 0.7 inches, are very pest and disease resistant.
Hardy zones 4 to 9, tolerating at least as low as -30 F if mulched heavily on a well drained site during winter.

Lagerstroemia 'Crescent Moon'
A dwarf, dense, rounded shrub, reaching up to 4 x 4 feet.
The foliage is luxuriant mid-green.
The abundant white flowers are borne mid summer until autumn frosts.
Hardy zones 7 to 9, it is very disease resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Dallas Red' ( Dallas Red Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, broad, vase-shaped tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 20 feet.
The glossy deep green foliage; turns orange and yellow during autumn.
The large, intense, scarlet-red flower clusters, up to 16 inches in length, are borne during summer.
The attractive exfoliating bark is gray-brown.
Hardy zones 6 to 9, it is one of the most cold hardy Crape Myrtles. It is highly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Dazzle Me Pink'
A slow growing, compact, domed small shrub, reaching up to 3.5 x 4 feet in 5 years; 4 x 5 feet in 10 years, eventually slightly more.
The foliage is bronze at first, turning to glossy deep green. The foliage turns to reddish-purple during autumn.
The abundant mid-pink flowers persist mid-summer into mid-autumn if deadheaded.
Hardy zones 6 to 9. Very mildew resistant.

* photo taken on Aug 16 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on on Aug 23 2014 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Delta Jazz'
A fast growing, vase-shaped small tree, reaching up to 10 x 8 feet. Some records include: 2 years - 5 x 4 feet. It is a stunning feature plant, especially against a white stucco wall.
The uniquely cupped foliage is blackish-red, turning to orange-red during autumn. The foliage retains its color very well during hot summers.
The flowers are intense bright pink.
Hardy zones 7 to 9, it is very disease resistant. Preferring hot summers, it can be planted in southern England and the Pacific Northwest if planted against a sunny south facing wall.

* photos taken on Sep 5 2012 in Burtonsville, MD


* photo taken on Aug 3 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Sep 19 2013 in Columbia, MD




* photos taken on July 9 2015 in Columbia, MD


* photo taken on Sep 13 2016 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Diamond Dazzle'
A vigorous but dense, compact shrub, reaching a maximum size of 4 x 4 feet.
The foliage is glossy deep green.
The abundant, pure white flowers are borne mid to late summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9, it has superior mildew resistance.

* photos taken on July 15 2015 in Columbia, MD






Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite' ( Dynamite Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, upright tree. Some records include: 3 years - 10 feet; 4 years - 15 feet; 15 years - 20 x 20 feet ( avg ); largest on record - 40 x 20 ( rarely over 20 ) feet.
The foliage is deep red during spring, turning to glossy dark green during summer. The leaves turn bright orange during autumn.
The scarlet-red flower clusters, up to 14 inches in length, persist up to 100 days over the summer season.
The handsome bark is peeling.
Hardy zones 6b to 9 ( tolerates at least -5 F ). It is highly mildew resistant.

* photo taken on June 1 2010 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on July 27 2010 in Columbia, MD






* photos taken on July 16 2015 in Columbia, MD





* photo taken on Aug 27 2015 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on Aug 12 2016 in Howard Co., MD


* photos taken on Aug 17 2016 in Columbia, MD





* photo taken on Apr 27 2017 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia faurei ( Japanese Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, large tree. Some records include: 35 years - 3 foot trunk diameter; largest on record - 65 x 50 feet with a trunk diameter of 3 feet. Just like Lagerstroemia indica, it is very long-lived, persisting as long as 400 years.
The mildew resistant deep green leaves turn red in the fall.
The white flower clusters, up to 5 x 6 inches, persist over a 70 day season.
Hardy zones 6b to 9, tolerating as low as -7 F with no damage.
This is one of the very few Crape Myrtles to thrive in the Vancouver and Seattle metro areas in the Pacific Northwest. Indian Crape Myrtle and any hybrids of such demand hot summers. This Crape Myrtle is NOT prone to pests or disease. 'Kiowa' is a cultivar of L. faurei.



* photo taken on June 23 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC





* photos taken on Apr 24 2016 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC



Lagerstroemia 'Fantasy White' ( Fantasy White Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, graceful, vase-shaped, medium-size tree, reaching a maximum size of 65 x 50 feet with a trunk diameter of 3 feet.
The foliage is deep green during summer, turning to yellow during autumn.
Its blooms are pure white, persisting over a 70 day season.
The attractive exfoliating bark is red.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on May 30 2016 in Annapolis, MD





Lagerstroemia faurei 'Kiowa' ( Kiowa Crape Myrtle )
No noticable difference from Lagerstroemia faurei



Lagerstroemia 'Hopi ( Hopi Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, dense, upright, oblong, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 20 feet.
The foliage is bright blue-green at first, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn intense orange and red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 2.2 x 1.5 inches in size.
The abundant, intense mid-pink flower clusters, up to 6 x 7 inches, persist up to 100 days beginning during early to mid summer.
The bark is grayish-brown.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 and reports of wood hardiness down to - 24 F need further verification. Can also be grown as a perennial in zone 5. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.




Lagerstroemia 'Lipan' ( Lipan Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 25 feet with a trunk diameter of 2 feet. The Lipan Crape Myrtle is similar in habit to the American Elm.
The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to deep green during summer. They turn to orange and red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 2.5 x 1.6 inches in size.
The purplish-red flower clusters, up to 7 x 9 inches, persist up to 80 days.
The attractive bark is whitish.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.

* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.






* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC







Lagerstroemia 'Majestic Orchid' ( Majestic Orchid Crape Myrtle )
A heavy-stemmed, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 22 feet.
The oblong leaves, up to 2 inches in length, are rich mid-green during summer.
The purplish-red flowers are borne on large clusters.
Hardy zones 7 to 9.

Lagerstroemia 'Miami' ( Miami Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, upright tree. Some records include: largest on record - 30 x 25 feet with a trunk diameter of 1.5 feet.
The foliage is deep red during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to red in fall. The obovate leaves are up to 3.5 x 1.4 inches.
The intense deep pink flower clusters, up to 10 x 10 inches, persist up to 100 days.
The bark is deep brown.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.




* photo taken on Aug 17 2016 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Muskogee' ( Muskogee Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, medium-sized tree. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 5 feet; 15 years - 25 x 20 feet ( avg ); largest on record - 45 x 40 feet trunk diameter up to 2 feet.
The foliage is glossy deep green, turning to yellow and red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 3.6 x 2 inches.
The lavender-pink flower clusters up to 12 x 5 inches, persist up to 120 days over the summer season.
The attractive bi-color bark is gray and pale brown.
Hardy zones 6b to 9, one tree is known to grow in zone 6a Oxford, Ohio. It can also be grown in zone 5 and 6 as a perennial on protected sites with a deep winter mulch. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.












* photo taken on Sep 3 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 11 2015 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Sep 17 2016 in Annapolis, MD


* photo taken on Nov 14 2016 in Howard Co., MD

* photo taken on Nov 19 2016 in Annapolis, MD

* photo taken on Nov 20 2016 in Howard Co., MD


Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' ( Natchez Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, medium-sized tree. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 7 feet; 15 years - 25 x 25 feet ( avg ); largest on record - 50 x 40 feet with a trunk diameter of 2.2 feet.
The foliage is bright green during spring, turning to glossy deep green during summer. The leaves turn to a combination of orange, reds and purples during autumn. The oblong leaves are up to 3.3 x 1.6 inches in size.
The huge, white clusters, up to 12 x 8 inches, persist up to 110 days during mid-summer to fall.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 ( root hardy to -17 F on sheltered sites ). It is highly mildew resistant. It may be propagated by hardwood cuttings rooted in cold frames during late fall and winter.




* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.







* photos taken on June 30 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC





* photos taken on May 7 2014 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD


* photos taken @ Smithsonian Inst, Wash., DC on Aug 25 2014


* photo taken on Feb 8 2014 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC


* photo taken on Sep 17 2016 in Annapolis, MD



* photo taken on Sep 19 2016 in Annapolis, MD

* photos taken on Oct 15 2016 in Annapolis, MD


* photo taken on Nov 19 2016 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD



Lagerstroemia 'Osage' ( Osage Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, semi-pendulous, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 30 feet. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 5 feet.
The foliage is light blue-green during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 4 x 1.6 inches in size.
The deep pink flower clusters, up to 8 x 6 inches, persist up to 100 days over the summer season.
The indian-red colored bark is very attractive.
Hardy zones 7b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant. It is best pruned to 1 or 3 trunks when young and limbed up and thinned.



* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC





Lagerstroemia 'Pecos' ( Pecos Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, spreading, rounded, medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 15 x 11 feet. Some records include: 15 years - 12 x 10 feet.
The foliage is purplish at first during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to purplish-red during autumn. The obovate leaves are up to 2.4 x 1 inches.
The intense pink flower clusters, up to 8 x 8 inches, persist up to 100 days over the summer season, often persisting into autumn.
The multicolor exfoliating bark is gray and dark brown.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Highly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Peppermint Lace' ( Peppermint Lace Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, upright, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 22 feet. Some records include: 15 years - 20 x 20 feet.
The foliage is reddish during spring, turning to bright green during summer. The leaves turn to yellow or sometimes red during autumn.
The blooms over the summer season last up to 100 days and are deep pinkish-red ( edged in white ).
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Moderately mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Orchid' ( Petite Orchid Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, upright, small to medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 6 x 5 feet. The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to deep green during summer, then to yellow during autumn.
The orchid-purple flower clusters, persist up to 90 days over the summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Plum' ( Petite Plum Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, small to medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 6 x 5 feet. The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to deep green during summer, then to yellow during autumn.
The red-purple flower clusters, persist up to 90 days during the summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9.

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Red Imp' ( Petite Red Imp Crape Myrtle )
A moderate-growing, small shrub, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 4 feet.
The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to deep green during summer, then to yellow during autumn.
The red flower clusters, persist up to 90 days over the summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Unfortunately it is not mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Snow' ( Petite Snow Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, small to medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 6 x 4 feet.
The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to deep green during summer, then to yellow during autumn.
The white flower clusters, persist up to 90 days over the summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9.

* photo taken on Sep 5 2012 in Burtonsville, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Pink Velour' ( Pink Velour Crape Myrtle )
An upright, somewhat rounded, small tree. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 3 feet; 3 years - 10 feet; 5 years - 13 x 6 feet with a trunk diameter of 5 inches; 10 years - 16 feet; largest on record - 20 x 25 feet.
The foliage is purplish-red during spring and summer; turning to orange and red during autumn. In very hot climates, the foliage may turn to deep green by late summer.
The intense mid-pink flowers persist up to 120 days during the summer season.
Hardy zones 6b to 9 ( tolerates -8 F as woody plant, -13 F as perennial ). It is highly mildew resistant.

* photo from unknown source on internet

* photo taken on August 24 2010 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on July 13 2011 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on June 8 2012 in Ellicott City, MD
* photos taken on July 30 2012 in Ellicott City, MD

* photo taken on July 21 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 18 2013 in Ellicott City, MD


* photo taken on July 30 2013 in Columbia, MD


* photo taken on on Aug 13 2014 in Ellicott City, MD

* photo taken on on Aug 14 2014 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 27 2015 in Columbia, MD



* photos taken on May 28 2017 in Ellicott City, MD




Lagerstroemia 'Pixie White' ( Pixie White Crape Myrtle )
A dwarf, spreading, small to medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 6 x 6 ( usually half that ) feet.
The foliage is deep green.
The white flowers are borne on abundant, small pyramidal panicles all summer long.
Hardy zones 7 to 9.

* photo taken on Aug 25 2013 @ University of Maryland, College Park


Lagerstroemia 'Plum Magic'
An upright shrub ( or miniature tree with training ), reaching up to 10 x 10 feet.
The foliage is deep reddish-purple at first, turning to very deep green during summer.
The flowers are intense fuchsia-pink.
The attractive bark is cinnamon-brown.
Hardy zones 6 to 9. Mildew and leaf spot resistant.

* photo taken on July 13 2011 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on Sep 5 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on May 20 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Oct 17 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 12 2016 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on Sep 6 2016 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on Oct 11 2016 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Pocomoke' ( Pocomoke Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, dense, rounded, small shrub. Some records include: 5 years - 3 x 5 feet; 9 years - 5 feet; largest on record - 6 x 9 feet.
The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to glossy deep green during summer then to red during autumn. The leaves are up to 1.5 x 0.7 inches in size.
The intense hot pink flower clusters, up to 1.5 x 2 inches, during mid-summer to early autumn.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( young plants may be cut back to the ground during the winter...do not remove them until at least mid May as they will often regrow vigorously ). Young plants may sometimes grow too dense, thinning them during late winter may increase growth and size during the following summer. Overgrown plants can be cut back to near the base during winter and will regenerate quickly. It is highly mildew resistant. Softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings taken before flowering root easily in about 4 weeks under mist at 1000 ppm IBA.

* photo taken on Aug 25 2012 in Baltimore Co., MD




* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.





* photo taken on July 13 2010 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on October 17 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

* photo taken on Aug 3 2011 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 25 2012 in Harford Co., MD

* photos taken on Aug 18 2013 in Columbia, MD




* photo taken on Sep 8 2014 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC



* photos taken on Aug 11 2015 in Columbia, MD








* photo taken on July 7 2016 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 17 2016 in Columbia, MD








* photos taken on Sep 13 2016 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Apr 20 2017 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Potomac' ( Potomac Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, upright, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 26 x 15 feet.
The foliage is purplish at first during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to red during autumn.
The light pink flower clusters, up to 11 x 7 inches, persist up to 90 days during the summer season.
Hardy zones 7b to 9. It is moderately mildew resistant.





* photo taken on July 1 2010 in Columbia, MD






* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.



* photo taken on July 27 2010 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 24 2015 in Columbia, MD




Lagerstroemia 'Powhatan' ( Powhatan Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, dense, rounded, vase-shaped, large shrub to small tree, reaching a maximum size of 20 x 20 feet.
The glossy mid-green leaves turn red during autumn.
The reddish-purple flower clusters, are up to 13 x 10 inches, persist up to 75 days during the summer season.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on July 4 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.









Lagerstroemia 'Raspberry Dazzle' ( Raspberry Dazzle Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, compact, upright, rounded, small shrub, reaching up to 2.7 x 2.7 feet in 3 years, 5 x 3 feet in 5 years, eventually to 6 x 6 feet.
The foliage is bronze at first, turning to deep green. The leaves turn to reddish-purple during autumn.
The abundant raspberry-red flowers appear mid-summer into early autumn ( sometimes later if deadheaded ).
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( 6 as dieback shrub ). Disease resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Raspberry Sundae' ( Raspberry Sundae Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, dense, upright, columnar, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 22 x 20 feet. Some records include: 12 years - 17 feet; 15 years - 20 x 15 feet.
The foliage is reddish during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn to red during autumn.
The red flower clusters, up to 9 inches in length, persist up to 90 days, during late summer until autumn frosts.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 ( killed to ground at -13 F ). It is moderately mildew resistant.

* photo from unknown source on internet

* photos taken on July 1 2010 in Columbia, MD


* photo taken on July 16 2015 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Red Filii'
A vigorous, compact, dense, small shrub, reaching up to 5 x 5 feet in 5 years, eventually up to 7 x 7 feet. As a perennial in colder climates it may remain under 1.5 x 1.5 feet. In the midwest, Great Lakes and New England, it is generally reduced to a perennial, however is still along with the other Filli hybrids, the hardiest of all Crape Myrtles. It has been proven to be solidly hardy in places such as Nebraska, Chicago ILL, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Plants form a 5 gallon plant in nursery production in as little as 2 years.
The leaves, up to 1.5 x 0.7 inches, are red-green at first, turning to glossy deep green during summer then to bronze or purple-red during autumn. The foliage is very pest and disease resistant. In zone 5, the foliage appears around mid May.
The abundant, intense hot-reddish-pink to red flowers last from mid-summer until autumn frosts.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 ( 4 & 5 as a perennial, tolerating as low as -30 F ). In colder zones where it is grown as a perennial, mulch crown heavily during winter to increase survival rates.

Lagerstroemia 'Red Rocket'
A narrow, upright, small to medium-sized tree, reaching an eventual maximum size of 30 x 10 feet. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 5 feet;3 years - 7 feet; 5 years - 12 feet; 15 years - 23 x 15 feet ( avg ); largest on record - 38 x 15 feet.
The thick foliage is purplish-red during spring and early summer, turning to deep green by mid-summer. The foliage turns to orange or bronze-red during autumn.
The spectacular intense deep red flowers are borne on huge panicles up to 22 inches in length. The bloom season last up to 100 days beginning during mid-summer.
Hardy zones 6b to 9 ( tolerates -8 F ). It is highly mildew resistant. It is very easy to propagate from cuttings.

* photos taken on July 27 2010 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Regal Red' ( Regal Red Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, upright, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 20 x 15 feet.
The foliage is light to mid green for most of the season turning to red during autumn.
The intense deep pinkish-red flower clusters persist up to 70 days over the summer season.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Rhapsody in Pink'
An upright small tree, reaching up to 15 + x 12 feet. Fast growing, it can grow at rates exceeding 4 feet when young. Some records include: 5 years - 10 feet.
The foliage is deep reddish-purple at first later turning to deep green. The leaves turn to orange and red during autumn.
The abundant, pale pink flowers appear mid-summer until autumn frosts.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

* photo taken on Aug 5 2013 in Elkridge, MD



Lagerstroemia 'Royal Velvet' ( Royal Velvet Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 12 x 12 feet.
The thick, leathery foliage is deep red during spring, turning to purple or purplish-green during summer. The leaves turn to orange or red during autumn.
The intense pink flowers are borne during the summer. The flowers open from red buds.
Hardy zones 6 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Ruby Dazzle' ( Ruby Dazzle Crape Myrtle )
A vigorous but dense, compact, rounded shrub, reaching up to 3 x 3 feet in 4 years, eventually reaching a maximum size of 4 x 4 feet if not cut back hard during late winter. It looks great in mass plantings as a substitute for Crimson Pygmy Barberry.
The glossy ruby-red foliage turns to orangish-red during autumn.
The mid-pink flowers appear mid-summer into early autumn.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( 6 as a dieback shrub ). It has superior disease resistance.

* photo taken on Aug 25 2012 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on June 17 2013 in Columbia, MD





Lagerstroemia 'Sarahs Favorite' ( Sarah's Favorite Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, medium-sized, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 50 x 30 feet. It is similar in appearance to 'Natchez'.
The deep green foliage turns to red during autumn
This plant is a white festival of bloom over most of the summer season into fall lasting up to 120 days.
Hardy zones 6 to 9. It is hightly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Seminole' ( Seminole Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, dense, rounded, large shrub to small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 20 feet.
The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to glossy mid-green during summer. The leaves turn to yellow, orange and red during autumn.
The abundant intense mid-pink flower clusters, up to 8 x 7 inches, persist up to 75 days during mid to late summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is mildew resistant.

* photo taken on Sep 21 2013 in Harford Co., MD

* photos taken on Feb 2009 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.








* photo taken on Sep 2010 in Harford Co., MD

* photo taken on Jul 2013 in Harford Co., MD

* photo taken on Sep 13 2013 in Harford Co., MD

* photos taken on June 2015 in Harford Co., MD


* photos taken on Nov 13 2016 in Harford Co., MD



* photo taken on Jan 18 2017 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Sioux' ( Sioux Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 20 feet. Some records include: 4 years - 14 x 6.5 feet.
The foliage is reddish during spring turning glossy deep reddish-green during summer. The leaves turn to deep red during autumn.
The large, intense mid-pink flower clusters, up to 9 x 7 inches, last up to 100 days during the summer season.
The bark is gray-brown.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photo taken on Sep 5 2014 in Burtonsville, MD

* photo taken on Oct 12 2014 in Howard Co., MD

* photos taken on Nov 10 2014 in Columbia, MD


* photos taken on Sep 5 2012 in Burtonsville, MD


* photo taken on Sep 16 2014 in Howard Co., MD

* photos taken on Nov 10 2014 in Columbia, MD



Lagerstroemia 'Siren Red' ( Siren Red Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing, upright, large shrub, reaching a maximum size of 12 x 10 feet. Some records include: 1st year - 3 feet; 3 years - 8 feet.
The foliage is purplish-red during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves turn intense orangish-red during fall.
The intense deep red flowers appear mid-summer, sometimes persisting late into fall.
The attractive exfoliating bark is brownish-red.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Snow Dazzle'
A vigorous but compact, rounded, small shrub, reaching up to 2.3 x 2 feet in 3 years; 3 x 3 feet in 5 years, eventually to 3.5 x 4 feet.
The foliage is bronze at first, turning to deep green. The leaves turn to reddish-purple during autumn.
The abundant, pure white flowers appear during mid to late summer, often repeating well into autumn if deadheaded.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( 6 as a dieback shrub ). It is highly mildew resistant.

* photos taken on Sep 4 2016 in Elkridge, MD



Lagerstroemia 'Sweetheart Dazzle'
A moderate growing, very dense, compact, dwarf shrub, reaching up to 4 x 5 feet in 10 years, with an eventual maximum size of 5 x 7 feet.
The deep green foliage is mildew-resistant. The foliage turns to orange-red in fall.
The abundant, intense deep pink flowers are borne early summer to mid autumn.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

* photos taken on July 13 2011 in Columbia, MD





Lagerstroemia 'Tonto' ( Tonto Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing shrub or small tree ( depending on how pruned ), reaching a maximum size of 16 x 22 feet. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 4 feet; 5 years - 10 x 9 feet; 10 years - 16 x 18 feet.
The foliage is purplish during spring turning to green with red tinge during summer. The leaves turn anywhere from scarlet-red to purple during autumn.
It abundantly bears intense bright purplish-red flower clusters, up to 8 x 5 inches, persisting up to 75 days beginning mid-summer.
The whitish bark is very attractive!
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( 6b with occasional winter dieback, one clone is reported to have grown in zone 6a as a tree wood hardy down to - 20 F ). It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.








* photo taken on July 20 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on July 18 2014 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Oct 17 2014 in Columbia, MD


Lagerstroemia 'Tuskarora' ( Tuskarora Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, small to medium-sized tree. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 6 feet; largest on record - 45 x 20 feet.
The foliage is reddish during spring, turning to glossy deep green during summer. The leaves turn to fiery orangish-red during autumn. The leaves are up to 3.2 x 1.6 inches in size.
It bears purplish red flower clusters, up to 12 x 8 inches in size, lasting up to 70 days beginning mid-summer.
The bark is pale-brown.
Hardy zones 7b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

* photo taken on June 30 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photos taken on July 11 2014 @ Smithsonian Inst., Wash., DC



'Townhouse'
Similar to 'Natchez', reaching 30 feet or more, with deep reddish-brown bark. It is mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Tuskeegie' ( Tuskeegie Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing, horizontally-branched, small to medium-sized tree, reaching a maximum size of 45 x 34 feet.
The foliage is reddish during spring, turning deep green during summer. The elliptical leaves, up to 4 x 2.3 inches, turn to red in the fall.
The dark reddish-pink flower clusters, up to 14 x 7 inches, persist up to 100 days during mid summer to early autumn.
The attractive bark is light-gray and tan mottled.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

* photo taken on 4th of July in Washington, D.C.

* photos taken on Feb 8 2014 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC



* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC



Lagerstroemia 'Velmas Royal Delight' ( Velmas Royal Delight Crape )
A moderate growing, medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 8 x 6 feet.
The deep green foliage turns to red during autumn.
The intense purplish-red to violet-purple flower clusters, are up to 9 inches in length.
The exfoliating bark is reddish-brown.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 ( reportedly wood hardy to - 18 F ). It is mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Victor' ( Victor Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, medium-sized shrub, reaching up to 5 feet in 5 years, 5 x 8 feet in 15 years and eventually at least 6 x 10 feet.
The foliage is deep red during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves, up to 2 x 1.3 inches in size, can turn either yellow or red during autumn.
It bears large, bright red flower clusters lasting up to 85 days beginning mid-summer.
Hardy zones 6b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.

Lagerstroemia 'Violet Filli'
A vigorous, low, bushy, dense, dwarf Crape Myrtle, reaching a maximum size of 1.5 x 3 feet. In the midwest, Great Lakes and New England, it is generally reduced to a perennial, however is still along with the other Filli hybrids, the hardiest of all Crape Myrtles. It has been proven to be solidly hardy in places such as Nebraska, Chicago ILL, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
In zone 5, the foliage appears around mid May and is red-green at first, turning to glossy deep green during summer then to orange-red during autumn.
The abundant, vibrant, violet flowers last from mid summer until autumn frosts.
The leaves, up to 1.5 x 0.7 inches, are very pest and disease resistant.
Hardy zones 4 to 9, tolerating at least as low as -30 F if mulched heavily on a well drained site during winter.

Lagerstroemia 'Watermelon Red' ( Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 25 feet.
The foliage is purplish at first, turning to bright green during summer. The leaves turn to red during autumn.
The flowers are red.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. It is prone to mildew.

Lagerstroemia 'White Chocolate' ( White Chocolate Crape Myrtle )
A moderate growing, small tree, reaching a maximum size of 16 x 16 feet. Some records include: 5 years - 8 feet.
The foliage is red at first during spring, turning to very deep purple during summer. The leaves turn to yellow and orange during autumn.
The large flower clusters are white.
The attractive exfoliating bark is brownish-red.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( 6b on protected sites ). Mildew resistant.

* photo taken on Aug 17 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 27 2015 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on July 11 2016 in Ellicott City, MD


* photos taken on Aug 5 2016 in Columbia, MD




Lagerstroemia 'Wichita' ( Wichita Crape Myrtle )
A vase-shaped small tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 24 ( averaging 20 x 15 ) feet.
The glossy foliage is purplish-green during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The fall color is deep red. The leaves are up to 3 x 2 inches in size.
The large lavender flower clusters persist from mid-summer to mid-autumn.
The attractive exfoliating bark is reddish-brown.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Mildew resistant.



* photo taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC


Lagerstroemia 'Yuma' ( Yuma Crape Myrtle )
A fast growing small tree, reaching a maximum size of 25 x 20 feet.
The foliage is bronze-green during spring, turning to deep green during summer. The leaves, up to 3 x 1.6 inches in size, turn to red in the fall.
The large, light pink, flower clusters, up to 14 x 9 inches, persist up to 90 days during the summer.
The bark is pale-gray.
Hardy zones 7 to 9. Mildew resistant.

* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.



Lagerstroemia 'Zuni' ( Zuni Crape Myrtle )
A very fast growing small tree, reaching a maximum size of 30 x 25 feet.
The foliage is purplish during spring, turning to glossy deep green during summer. The leaves, up to 2.2 x 1.2 inches in size, turn to orange or red during autumn.
The purplish-red flower clusters, to 6 x 5 inches, persist up to 100 days during mid-summer to early autumn.
The bark is brownish-gray.
Hardy zones 7b to 9. It is highly mildew resistant.


* photos taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

br />* photos taken on Feb 8 2015 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC





Other Crape Myrtles

Lagerstroemia indica ( Indian Crape Myrtle )
A medium-sized, deciduous tree, reaching a maximum size of 52 x 42 feet with a trunk diameter of 3.4 feet, that is native to southeastern Asia ( from Nepal to Japan; south to India to Malaysia to Phillipines ).
The oblong leaves are up to 4 x 1.6 ( rarely over 3 ) inches in size.
Hardy zones 8 to 9..most Crape Myrtle hybrids are the result of this spectacular bloomer with the more cold hardy, mildew resistant Lagerstroemia fauriei.

* historic archive photo


Lagerstroemia limlii ( Zhejiang Crape Myrtle )
A very rare, medium-sized tree, reaching up to 50 x 50 feet in size, that is native to southeast China. Some records include: 10 years - 22 feet; 16 years - 24 feet; largest on record - trunk diameter of 6 feet.
The drooping leaves are long and narrow, up to 7 x 3 inches. The thick blue-green foliage turns a very attractive orange-red in autumn.
The flowers are soft lavender pink to purple.
The bark is peeling and attractive.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

Lagerstroemia parviflora ( Small Flowered Crape Myrtle )
A large tree that is native to the Himalayas from Nepal to Bhutan; south to India to Burma. Some records include: largest on record - 3o feet with a trunk diameter of 1.9 feet; first year from seed - 1 foot.
The oblong leaves are up to 4 inches in length.
The fragrant small white flowers are borne on panicles during summer.
The attractive bark is bright brown.
Hardy zones 8 to 9 ( est ) in full sun on well drained soil. It is drought tolerant. Seedlings are much less cold hardy than adult trees.

Lagerstroemia pubescens
Some records include: largest on record - 100 feet with a trunk diameter of 3.8 feet.

Lagerstroemia reginae
Some records include: largest on record - trunk diameter of 3.8 feet.

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