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- Latin Name- Lagerstroemia Indica Hardy Planting Zone-6-9 Mature Height- 15-25 Width- 10-20 Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun to Partial Sun
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Crepe Myrtle – Lagerstroemia
Crepe Myrtle Plants are plants that are widely known in the Southern religion. These plants are great for all year round seasons with their lovely colors. In the warm and fall weathers, the leaves show off their beautiful colors and in the winter the leaves shine green and frosty. The real name of the Crepe Myrtle is Lagerstroemia. Crepe myrtles are basically a group of deciduous and also evergreen trees and shrubs like bushes. A lot of these types of plants are found in Southeast Asia, in Northern regions of Australia, and also some parts of the Oceania. These plants are cultivated in the summer months all around the world. They are apart of the Lythraceae family also known as the loosestrife family. Surprisingly the genus gets its name from a Swedish merchant named Magnus von Lagerström, This person is also the director of a Swedish East India Company. This company helped give Carl Linnaeus plants he was collecting. Because of the beauty of these trees and shrubs, people love to plant them all around. They are used both privately and commercially. Crepe Myrtle can grow in range and size from a small 3 feet tall but there are several that grow to be 30 feet. These trees also can lose their leaves in the winter time. These plants tend to grow at moderately fast speeds. They can grow from 12 to 18 inches per year. The shrubs can take a year or even two to become established although they can grow really quick once it developed a stable root system. These crepe myrtles are known to need to stay in locations that need a lot of sun. This is not a good plant for shaded areas. The regions with the most, strongest sun are best fit for this tress.
Crepe Myrtle is a small tree that can also be shaped to remain a shrub. They are characteristic of the south, as they have a high tolerance to drought and the intense heat of the southern summers. From the genus Lagerstroemia, there are dozens of species, each characterized by a different color of bloom. To develop a broad singular trunk, the basal suckers should be removed during the early years of growth. The trunk of the crepe myrtle is as much a part of its strikingly impressive visual appeal as the flowers themselves. As they mature, the bark periodically sheds, changing colors from gray, to a pale cinnamon, revealing at times a soft, light pinkish hue. When the trunk sheds, the new bark is ultra smooth to the touch. Crepe myrtles are very receptive to pruning and are frequently top pruned to maintain an eloquent globe shape. As they explode into full bloom, they are a spectacular addition, as perimeter landscaping, or planted in a line as a border. They come in dozens of colors, with many hybrid colors stemming from the most common pinks, reds, and deep purples. It's during the winter period when crepe myrtles can be safely shaped as a featured landscape ornamental. If the basal suckers are allowed to mature, they can be excellent for screens and barriers. Taller specimens are shipped with a wrapped root ball.