Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica L.
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Crape Myrtle 'Watermelon Red' at Berridge Nurseries in Phoenix
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: 7-14, 18-21, 25-31
Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix
Heat Tolerance: Tolerates the low deserts if the irrigation schedule fits its needs
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: China, Korea
Growth Habits: Deciduous, upright shrub or tree, usually 3 to 30 feet tall (9 m) depending on the variety, although large specimens can be much larger; dark green leaves, 1 to 2 inches long (2.5-5 cm)
Watering Needs: Moderate water
Propagation: Stem cuttings
There are a number of cultivars of crape myrtle available with different flower color and size, as well as cold resistance. Many are hybrid of Lagerstroemia indica x Lagerstroemia fauriei.
Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in February-March before the new growth starts. The Crape Myrtle are one of the favorite plants for aphids. They need to be checked regularly. Aphid infestations can be controlled with insecticide soap.
The Crape Myrtle has showy red, white, pink, or purple flowers, 0.6 to 2 inches in diameter (1.5-5.0 cm), in long tapered clusters, 5 to 16 inches long or more (12-40 cm), with 25 to 500 flowers. The Crape Myrtle blooms all the summer.