SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Longwood Gardens - Kennette Square, PA, Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and The National Arboretum - Washington, DC
Utility friendly tree.
Crape Myrtle is a commonly used single or multi-trunk tree, effective as a flowering or foliage accent. It blooms best in full sun, when it receives moderate moisture. It has handsome peeled bark and a colorful summer bloom. Named varieties which usually grow to 25' or less include: Glendora White, Near East, Seminole and Watermelon Red.
Native to China.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval, Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 feet.
Width: 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Bronze or Dark Green, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Lavender, Pink, Red, Rose or White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Striking, Light Green, Pink or Red Brown, Exfoliating or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 7 - 10, 12 - 14 and 18 - 21; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Aphids, Powdery Mildew and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Lagerstroemia indica Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/lagerstroemia-indica >
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