Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Origins - China, and other parts of S. E. Asia.
Type - Perennial (deciduous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - 7-9.
Bloom - Summer, early Fall.
Height - On average, up to 30 ft (9 m).
Cultivation - Moist, well drained soils preferred, but mature plants will tolerate dry soils, too. Lots of Sun. Aphids love Crape Myrtles, which is good for keeping them away from other plants in your garden. Prune moderately, only. Crape Myrtles look best in their
natural shape. Heavy pruning, although often seen done, is not at all necessary. Remove dead blooms, either after they fade away, or in Winter season; either way this will promote more blooms in the future.
Propagation - By cuttings.
Other - Very popular tree here, in the South. Blooms come in white, lilac, purple, and red colors. Attractive bark, that looks partly peeled off. If your hardiness
zone allows it, acquire your own Crape Myrtle, wonderful highlight in any Summer garden.
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