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LAGERSTROEMIA 'Acoma'

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Acoma'

James Burghardt

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Acoma'

Plant Common Name

Acoma Crapemyrtle, Hybrid Crapemyrtle

General Description

The ‘Acoma’ crapemyrtle is a mildew-resistant hybrid deciduous shrub with showy white flowers and reddish purple autumn color. It is a rounded large shrub or small tree, with gently arching branches, and is best used as a specimen. To form a classic tree shape, the lowest branches must be removed. The bark is exfoliating, exposing the smooth underbark that is creamy tan and beige.

Like other crapemyrtles ‘Acoma’ should be planted in a well drained soil with an acidic to neutral range of pH. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. This shrub is quite drought tolerant once established. Pruning should only be done on the small spent branch tips after the initial summer flowering. Often a smaller, second flowering can result by early autumn. The practice of severely pruning the crowns of crapemyrtles, often called hat-racking, is a bad and unhealthy landscaper’s habit.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    12'-14' / 3.7m - 4.3m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No