Lagerstroemia fauriei ‘Townhouse’

Crape myrtles aren’t just about flowers we actually are even more attracted to the handsome, exfoliating bark. This selection from the disease resistant Japanese species has some of the best bark in the vegetable kingdom. Swaths of muscular mahogany, cinnamon red smooth regions create a fantastic tapestry. This is a very large growing Crape Myrtle with profuse but smaller trusses of FRAGRANT white flowers in mid- late summer. Fall color is bright orange/yellow/red and is very striking in its somewhat brief display. To 35′ tall in great age it grows approximately 3′-4′ per year when young. Bark begins to develop coloration in 2-3 years. Most often multi-trunked this gives the gardener even more beauty to stare at. Forms a spreading umbrella shape. Completely disease resistant. Best with consistent summer moisture for the first few years then only occasional deep soaks. Deciduous. A fantastic street tree with great dimensions and form. This selection – chosen for bark coloration can be difficult to locate. Beautiful tree.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Black Diamond Red’®

Striking crape myrtle with jet BLACK foliage that would be cool all by itself. The real kicker is intense true red flowers that smolder with the leaves. A naturally and reliably early blooming almost fastigiate tree. To 9′ tall but just 3′ wide in 7 years. Full hot sun and rich soil with regular summer irrigation for the best results. So far it has been completely mildew free as well. Imagine the late summer combinations? Blooms first appear in early August in urban areas- later in cooler hinterlands. If it never bloomed it would be a cool thing but that red. Wow. Fall color is non-existent.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Catawba’

One of the very first releases from the National Arboretum breeding program in 1967 and a fine purple flowered Crape Myrtle that has yet to be exceeded. Deep violet purple flowers occur en masse in August through October on this compact tree to just 12′ tall with a rounded crown. Full sun and rich soil with REGULAR summer irrigation to bloom. Water deeply once a week through the bloom period. In autumn the foliage takes on brilliant orange/red/yellow hues. Just as spectacular as the blooms. In time the bark exfoliates to a smooth tan. Moderately mildew resistant- give it good air circulation in an open exposure.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Centennial Spirit’

Good looking upright growing very floriferous Crape Myrtle. The large trusses of flowers born in August – October are a fascinating mix of colors. In cooler weather they are decidedly rose colored, The hotter the weather and the more consistently hot the flower color becomes a rich red. Either way this strong growing disease resistant Crape Myrtle is a winner in our climate. To 18′ tall and 9′ wide in full sun, virtually any soil with REGULAR deep irrigation in summer- without irrigation Crape Myrtles in our climate will stall and not grow or bloom. Fantastic garden tree. Fall color is red/orange and the bark exfoliates to a muscular soft tan/taupe. Grows 2′-3′ a year when well irrigated. Cold hardy. Not the best picture, but the truest flower color I could capture. Great Crape Myrtle.

 

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Dynamite’®

Extraordinary tree that has the truest red flowers of just about any crape myrtle. Fast growing upright then spreading tree to 20′ tall and half as wide in 10 years. Exfoliating smooth tan bark in time. New growth is deep maroon settling to mid green. In August to October this reliable bloomer is stunning with fire engine red huge trusses of flowers. This is a large tree and is already planted as a street tree in PDX. Fall color is a brilliant mix of orange/yellow/ red. Full all day sun in a hot position with regular deep irrigation to bloom. Disease resistant with good air circulation. Spectacular tree in all of its parts. Unauthorized propagation prohibited. Plant patent #10,296.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘PDX Red’

We discovered this seedling Crape Myrtle years ago in North Portland and we were amazed that it burst into bright red bloom beginning in July every year- despite all sorts of weather conditions. Upright growing dense tree to 10′ tall and 5′ wide in 10 years. Large trusses of red flowers begin in July and peak in coverage on the tree in August. This crape myrtle must have regular irrigation to thrive/bloom and it favors richer soils than other cultivars. Water deeply once a week through its bloom period. In time the straight trunks exfoliate to glossy tan. Fall color is red/ orange. Moderately fast growing to 2′-3′ per year when young. Full hot sun and good air circulation. Avoid crowding with other plants. Pretty tree.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Pink Velour’®

Extraordinary small  upright tree with new growth that is deep maroon slowly settling to green as the summer wears on. Reliable large trusses of shocking pink flowers typically appear by early August and then remains in bloom for 4-6 weeks. Very upright skinny habit to 10′ tall and just 3′ wide in 10 years in our climate. Full all day hot sun in a hot position. Grows approximately 2′-3′ a year when young. Extremely showy in bloom this eager bloomer makes a great small garden tree where rich soil and REGULAR IRRIGATION are present. Bark slowly exfoliates to a soft tan. Unauthorized propagation prohibited. Plant patent #10,319. Fall color is red/orange. Highly mildew resistant.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket’®

True red crape myrtles that actually bloom well in our climate are at a premium. This is one of those cultivars and we like it for several specific reasons. The flower trusses are true cherry red and huge and are held straight up. (Hence the rocket). Its best grown as a large multi-trunked tree to 20′ tall. The trunks begin to exfoliate after several years in place and show an amazing mottled deep chestnut brown and taupe display that is smooth and glossy. Unusual for both a pure indica and a red flowered cultivar . The medium green foliage takes on amazing orange/red tints in autumn before dropping and once they are off the tree- as with all Crape myrtles there is no raking. They simply dry up and almost instantly decompose. Neat and tidy. Full, hot, all day sun in a hot position in average soil with regular summer water. You must irrigate this tree deeply at least once every two weeks in summer so that it will bloom. The first flowers appear in August and extend to the beginning of October. Cold hardy and disease resistant tree. Unauthorized propagation prohibited. Plant patent #11,342.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Twilight’

Large growing tree type Crape Myrtle to 20’+ tall with a wide spreading crown. Reliable soft, luminous purple large trusses of flowers begin on average the first week of August in the city and repeat bloom until October. Fast growing shade tree that can achieve 3′-5′ a year when young in optimal conditions. Free blooming tree that displays glossy, muscular tan trunks when the bark sheds in mid-summer. These contrast greatly with the deep green foliage and sumptuous purple blooms. Long lived, cold hardy, disease resistant cultivar that has shown its merits for many decades in the southern U.S. but less often grown in our region. Fall color is bright red/ orange/ yellow.  Moderate disease resistance. Good air circulation- proper cultivation eliminates this threat. As with all purple flowered Crape myrtles the flowers can fade a bit after opening. When a non-fading purple Crape myrtle becomes available we will be the first to let you know. Otherwise this is a great, dependable, garden tree. Deep, infrequent, summer irrigation. Six or more hours of hot sun per day.

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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Victor’ (Red)

Smaller growing crape myrtle that we love for its opulent display of true red flowers in August to October. Slow growing to 8′ tall and 4′ wide in 8 years. Full hot sun and rich to average well drained soil with REGULAR deep summer irrigation to bloom. Loves heavy clay soils as long as they are irrigated. Fall color is red/orange and in time the stems exfoliate to glossy tan. Give this small tree/shrub the hottest site possible. Easy, disease resistant and cold hardy. Great for smaller gardens.

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