Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

  • The Crape Myrtle has become a dominant landscape plant in Florida. Breeding programs over the last 30 years have produced superior forms with a wide range of plant sizes, habits, flower colors, ornamental bark and foliage.
  • Crape Myrtles can be found in all sizes:

    Dwarf (less than 4 feet)

    Semi-Dwarf (less than 12 feet)

    Intermediate (less than 20 feet)

    Tree (greater than 20 feet)

  • Valued for its prolific summer flowers, heat and drought tolerance, and year-round landscape interest.  Flowering begins as early as May in some cultivars and continues into the fall.  Flower colors include shades of purple, lavender, white, pink and red, including "true" red.  Some cultivars have bicolor flowers (two colors on each petal),  some cultivars have flower colors that fade with age, and other vultivars have panicles with a mix of flower colors.
  • Many cultivars feature beautiful, colorful bark. Strips of bark peel off in early summer to reveal mottled new bark ranging in color from pale cream to dark cinnamon to rich brown to bright orange. The bark color gradually fades over winter until it peels again the next summer.
  • To determine which cultivar is right for your landscape, visit Crapemyrtle in Florida for a list of cultivars and their characteristics.

Information Source: Crapemyrtle in Florida

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