Red Crepe Myrtle
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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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Red Crepe Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica
The Red Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica Rubica) is both a shrub and tree. Red Crepe Myrtle has a mature height of 8-16 feet, hardy zones of 6-9, and a mature spread of 6-8 feet with a fast growth rate. The Red Crepe Myrtle has a beautiful bouquet of yellow in fall months, and deep reds in the warm flowering months. The Red Crepe Myrtle has flowers that are long-lasting with a crepe-like appearance. The Red Crepe Myrtle, which is a deciduous tree, is generally painted in full sun and has been a nesting shrub for birds like wrens. The Red Crepe Myrtle should be trimmed and pruned during winter months as this shrub can have aggressive growth.
The bark of the Red Crepe Myrtle sheds annually and carries a smooth, yet blotted, pink-gray texture. The Lagerstroemia indica is very tolerant of frosts, which makes it ideal for planting in areas of the U.S. with pronounced climate changes during the seasons.
The Lagerstroemia has nearly 50 species of trees and shrubs. This genus of the plant is native to India, Asia and was initially cultivated in these warmer climates. This genus of plant and shrub was named after Magnus von Lagerström, a Swedish trader who once supplied famous botanist, Carl Linnaeus.
Red Crepe Myrtle is a favorite among home gardeners who want to bring a dramatic pop of color into their yard. While there are several varieties available in many different colors, the red crepe myrtle is a favorite choice for those who want a beautiful tree that is hardy and low-maintenance.
Red crepe myrtle is a fixture in the southern states. It was named for the crinkly, crepe-like appearance of its flowers that bloom in early spring and continue throughout the summer in most areas. However, the bark of this tree is just as appealing as the flowers it produces. The bark can be light brown, orange, cream or cinnamon colored and it gives this red crepe myrtle an appeal all its own.