Trees and Shrubs forum: Sharing photos of my crepe myrtle seedlings

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 19, 2015 2:03 PM CST

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After not growing crepe myrtles from seed for over a decade, I've gotten back into it. This year I sowed a nice collection of seeds that were open pollinated on my Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame')

Well! They germinated in early March and I planted them in the ground a couple months later. I've had a number of exciting seedlings start to bloom and I'm seeing lots of interesting colors.

As you know, Ebony Flame is one of the new black leafed crepe myrtles. My seedlings are coming up with about 10% black leaves. The rest have green leaves, and half of them have a green stem and the other half have a red stem.

I'm particularly excited about this one:

Thumb of 2015-08-19/dave/aef085

As you can see, it has watermelon colored blooms.

In the green leaf/red stem variety, I have this promising looking one:

Thumb of 2015-08-19/dave/5e23f7

The blooms are variegated with cherry red and white. A lovely bloom!

I have about 30 seedlings out there that look promising and if there is interest, I'll continue posting photos as they each bloom.
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 8, 2015 5:22 PM CST
Finding this post late but there is interest! I would love to see how they come along Dave. I like both of the ones posted above. The latter one reminds me of peppermint candies - you know, the round ones with the red & white swirls.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Sep 14, 2015 11:21 PM CST
I agree

I love crepe myrtle, which is a challenge in my Zone. No huge trees, but my Muskogee is giving it a try - it is ~ 12 feet high. I built a cage around it last year and filled with leaves to 6 ' high.

All told I have 8 crepe myrtles - one (Sioux) that I grew from seed last year. I have another 5 seedlings I started this year - all dwarf varieties.

And yes - post more pics. Smiling I think that is way cool in your climate you plant seeds and they bloom same year.
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Spiritjewelz
Oct 9, 2015 8:01 AM CST
These are gorgeous! Love the watermelon on dark foliage!
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 9, 2015 9:36 AM CST
dave said: This year I sowed a nice collection of seeds that were open pollinated on my Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame')

I have about 30 seedlings out there that look promising and if there is interest, I'll continue posting photos as they each bloom.


Do you also have then quite a few other mature crepe myrtles?

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springcolor
Oct 9, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Hurray! I been wondering if you would post your seedlings. Love to see your collection of these as well.
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 9, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Y'know, Dave....you could hybridize for cold hardy varieties and come up with one that is hardy to zones 4 and 5 and make a lot of people happy... Big Grin

Personally, I just love looking at the pictures. I know this is late, but I there is interest here, too, to see more pictures!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 9, 2015 11:53 AM CST

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I'll try to get some more photos but most of the blooms are long gone, and most of my seedlings didn't bloom this year (only maybe 15%).

I have quite a collection of mature crepe myrtles. If I had to count I'd say I own maybe 15 different varieties totaling perhaps a hundred trees. Now if you count little plants, seedlings and so forth, the number is much, much higher. Whistling

I'll see about some new photos soon. Smiling
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Natalie
Nov 3, 2015 12:23 AM CST
Love the seedlings! I do hope you will post more pictures if you have them!
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Midway401
Apr 16, 2016 5:54 AM CST
I never thought about planting the seeds to see different ones. Please keep posting.
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Shannon
Apr 27, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Just found this post . Love the babies @Dave Our new home has two big crepe myrtles both pink . Only a few blooms
this year hopefully they will be happier next year. Do you ever sell any babies ?? I am thinking of lining the driveway with
them Whistling

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 27, 2016 11:43 AM CST

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Hi Shannon Smiling

We do sometimes sell the crepe myrtles locally, when the children do their plant sales. I'll often pot up 10 of them or so and sell them as mixed crepe myrtles. More frequently, though, if I have a visitor, I'll offer them to take some home and if they like the idea, I just dig up a few and put them in a box for them.

I guess I could send them through the mail but I'd want to do that when they are dormant for better success. Remind me next winter and I'll send you some if I still have some around. Smiling
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Shannon
Apr 27, 2016 11:44 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Thank you so much. I think they will look beautiful along the driveway . Hurray!
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Natalie
Apr 29, 2016 1:01 AM CST
Dave, we'd love to see some more pictures when you have time!

Shannon, you should try growing some from seed! Just looking at Dave's babies makes me want to give it a try too!
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jun 8, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Dave have you ever seen a dark leaf crepe myrtle with variegation or tricolored foliage? If so I'd love to know the name of it or where to find it. thanks in advanced and I can't wait to see this years blooms!!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 8, 2016 11:39 AM CST

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Hi Daniel, I've never seen one like you're talking about. I have no doubt that with all the breeding work being done right now, it's only a matter of time. Smiling
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jun 8, 2016 12:02 PM CST
Crossing Fingers! I hope so, thanks Dave.
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