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Lagerstroemia indica     
Crape myrtle   
Lythraceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Crape Myrtle
shrub form of Lagerstroemia indica
Form: medium to large vase-shaped shrub; can be trained to tree
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: standard form 4-20ft, spread 1/2 height; dwarf forms (to 6ft) are available
Leaves: simple, oval to lanceolate, to 2in, glossy green, sometimes bronze-tinged; attractive; wide variation in fall color, on some plants the leaves stay green until dropping, on others they turn crimson or yellow
Flowers: large clusters on branch terminals; color varies from white, pink, lavender, red hues; bloom from early summer until fall
Fruit: distinctive capsule held in popcorn-like clusters
Stems/Trunks: attractive, smooth muscular look, bark exfoliates when young to reveal smooth, lightly mottled look
Range/Origin: China
Hardiness: to single digits or colder


Crape myrtle trees
Lagerstroemia indica trained as trees

close-up of trunk
trunk of Lagerstroemia indica
dry seed pods
dry seed pods
Crape myrtle flowers


removal of pods will cause second flush of flowers
many varieties available offering choices of plant size and flower color

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