- Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica
- Common Name (s): Crepe myrtle
- Cultivars: Cherokee (red, 3m / 11 feet); Dallas Red (Cold hardy; 6 m / 20 feet); Muskogee (lavender); Natchez (white, 7.6 m / 25 feet); Powhatan (purple, 4.5 to 6 m / 15 to 20 feet) Tuscarora (coral pink, 4.8 m / 16 feet)
- Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): 6 to 9 / H3
- Life Cycle / Plant Type: Deciduous or evergreen. Tree, Shrub. Bushy habit.
- Plant Height: 6 to 26 feet (2 to 8 m)
- Plant Spread: 6 to 28 feet (2 to 8 m)
- Blooms: Summer to Autumn
- Flower Details: Conical panicles. Ruffled petals. White, pink, rose, red, purple.
- Leaf Foliages: Oblong 8 cm / 3 inches long. Green. Juvenile leaves are bronze. Privet-like. Brown/grey bark.
- Location and Light Conditions: Full sun for best results. Prefers sheltered location. South or West facing. Grow against a wall in colder areas to help prevent damage from frost.
- Suitable Soil Types: Well drained. Loam, clay, sand
- Suitable Soil pH: Any
- Soil Soil Moisture: Medium
- Sowing, planting, and Propagation: Cultivate in a fertile soil. Sow seeds in the spring (10°C / 50°F). Grows well from cuttings (softwood: late spring; or Semi-ripe: summer.
- Care: Light pruning to keep tidy and free of disease. Use a slow release fertilizer as overly fertile soils may result in greater leaf production but poorer flowering and greater vulnerability to winter damage. Susceptible to mildew and fungal diseases – resistant hybrids are available.