Lagerstroemia Indica is an upright, deciduous tree with dark green leaves which are bronze when young. It has colorful flowers over a long period from midsummer to fall. Flowers can come in hues of pink, red or purple. They are small – 2.5 cm in diameter, collected in 40-cm paniculate inflorescences – brushes. Each flower emerges from a bud that resembles a round berry.
Lagerstroemia is native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia and parts of Oceania. The plant can be train to take any beautiful shape, and the branchy, winding trunk will add grace to the composition. It is ideal for making bonsai.
Latin Name: Lagerstroemia Indica
English Name: Crape Myrtle, Indian Crepe Flower
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Summer-Autumn
Suggested Location: Outdoor
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained. Sand, Chalk, Loam
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -5 °C to 1°C (23 °F to 33 °F)
Growth Habit: Bushy
Cultivation: In frost-prone areas grow against a warm, sunny wall or overwinter in a cool or temperate greenhouse. Needs a moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun
Propagation: Propagate by seed sown at 10°C in spring, or by softwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Wall-side Borders Coastal Mediterranean Climate Plants City & Courtyard Gardens Patio & Container Plants
Pruning: Pruning group 1, but will tolerate hard pruning if needed
Pests: Mealybugs, glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly may be a problem under glass
Diseases: Generally disease free
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