Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lagerstroemia indica, Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle
This summer flowering tree is well known over a range of climates from cool tempeate to sub tropical. Debate usually rages over whether to leave it unpuned, but pruning encourages larger flowers and the height can be kept to a manageable size in small gardens. In cool climates the leaves produce flame like autumn tones and the smooth satiny bark is also a feature.
Some old varieties were subject to powdery mildew which disfigures the leaves and has led to the unflattering common name of "Crap Myrtle"

New cultivars, such as those offered by Flemings Nursery in their Indian Summer range are long flowering and resistant to mildew.

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