Lagerstroemia indica (lah-ger-STROH-me-ah IN-dik-kah)
Deciduous Sun Height 25 feet Spread 15 feet Spacing 15 - 20 feet
HABIT: Slow-growing, light smooth bark, small oval leaves, flowers all summer (red, purple, pink, white). Fall color is red on all except white-flowering varieties (yellow).
CULTURE: Very easy to grow in any soil. Add rock phosphate to regular program to help flower production. Do not trim back in winter - it does not increase flower production, besides, the seed pods are decorative and finches like them.
USES: Ornamental tree, summer color, fall color, beautiful bare branches in winter.
PROBLEMS: Aphids, mildew, suckers at the ground.
NOTES: ‘Glendora White’ is one of my favorites. There are many great choices including ‘Dynamite’, ‘Royal Velvet and “Natchez’ with the beautiful exfoliating bark. Native to China.