Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) in the Crepe Myrtles Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late winter or early spring
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: nectar & pollen gathering insects
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: About 3 weeks
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Days to germinate: 2 to 3 weeks. Can be planted in potting medium.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Planted in 1953.

A History of the Crepe MyrtleA History of the Crepe Myrtle
July 14, 2015

Standing on a thin carpet of fallen blooms, with a canopy of color above me, I immediately fell in love with the Crepe Myrtle tree, and since then have set out to collect them all.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Wow! by plantladylin Mar 8, 2014 9:03 AM 0
Database search results by plantladylin Oct 23, 2018 7:22 PM 3
Crepe myrtle with two colors of blossoms by linettebray Jul 29, 2018 6:00 PM 4
Dwarf Crepe Myrtle by carolem Dec 27, 2017 12:59 AM 3
Please help me identify this plant by idreos Aug 27, 2017 4:53 PM 2
Anyone know what this tree may be? by Antonio1976 Jul 26, 2017 8:51 AM 3
Newly planted Red Rocket blooms by Napiersb Jun 22, 2017 10:01 AM 1
Crape myrtle by Lou43 Apr 30, 2017 6:47 AM 6
plants identification by nonolarym Nov 28, 2016 7:50 PM 6
Will Crepe myrtle from NC grow in NJ by Mamta_NJ Aug 22, 2016 7:08 PM 8

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