A deciduous small tree with smooth mottled gray or light brown bark. Native to China.
- Scientific Name:
- Lagerstroemia hybrid
- Mature Height:
- to 24'
- Mature Spread:
- to 12'
- Relatively small green rounded oblong leaves, sometimes turning yellow, orange or red in fall. Usually later to leaf out in spring than other trees.
- Crinkled, crepe like in rounded clusters at the ends of branches. Blooms early summer to fall. A variety of colors may be available including white, pink, purple or red.
- Round seed capsules less than 1/2" in diameter.
- Root System:
- No large surface roots.
- Growth Rate:
- Fast to moderate. Most vigorous growing crape myrtle.
- Cultural Notes:
- Adjustable to many soils. Mildew resistant. May attract aphids.
- Sacramento Specimen:
- 5709 Carlson Drive, multi trunked.
Minimum Planting Distances
- from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
- from a building foundation: 6 feet
- from walks and driveways: 4 feet
- from an air conditioner: 3 feet
- from a fence: 3 feet
- from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 3 feet
- from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 0 feet
- from a swimming pool: 6 feet
- from a septic system: 15 feet
- between trees*: 12 feet
* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half. Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet ÷ 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.