Lagerstroemia x fauriei ‘Wichita’

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn6a -5º to -10ºF

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One of the very finest very large growing tree type Crape Myrtles from the National Arboretum breeding program. Tall and not very wide in time this very fast and upright growing tree sports a spreading crown. In late July to October huge panicles of bright lavender flowers remain showy for weeks. Its a soft color but the display is opulent. In time the bark exfoliates to patches of cinnamon red and mahogany. Very showy. Fall color is an intense display of reds/orange/purple. Full sun and virtually any soil- thrives in clay soils and the reflected heat of parking strips. Of all the Crape myrtle cultivars perhaps this free blooming 26′ tall tree is the best for a candidate as a street tree. Excellent cold hardiness as well as disease resistance. Well irrigated trees will easily put on 4′ of growth in a year.

 

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