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LAGERSTROEMIA 'Caddo'

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Caddo'

The U.S. National Arboretum

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Caddo'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Crapemyrtle

Special Notice

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General Description

This semi-dwarf hybrid crapemyrtle shrub is mildew resistant and boasts pure pink flowers on a graceful, arching plant. Its lovely exfoliating bark is cinnamon brown. In autumn, 'Caddo' turns a vivid orange-red.

Crapemyrtles should be planted in a well drained soil with pH range of 5.5 to 7.5. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. Crapemyrtles are 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 results by early autumn. Severely pruning the crowns of crapemyrtles, often called "hat-racking," is a harmful shortcut used by some landscapers to control the size of the tree. A better practice is slective thinning of overgrown stems and selective shortening.

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

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • 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

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No