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LAGERSTROEMIA 'Cheyenne'

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Cheyenne'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Cheyenne'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Crapemyrtle

General Description

The Cheyenne crapemyrtle is a mildew resistant hybrid with brazen magenta to red flowers. Strong burgundy and maroon colored leaves herald the arrival of fall. It is a rounded shrub with dense branching and dark green leaves tinged with hints of maroon. Its bark is exfoliating, revealing a smooth, reddened tan-colored layer.

Plant 'Cheyenne' in a well drained acidic soil. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. Crapemyrtles are quite drought tolerant once established. Prune the small spent branch tips after the initial summer flowering. Often a smaller, second flowering results by early autumn. The practice of severely pruning the crowns of crapemyrtles, often called "hat-racking," is a harmful shortcut taken by some landscaper and should be avoided. To limit the size of the tree, selectively prune older stems and shorten others regularly. 'Cheyenne' is a fantastic choice as an informal hedge or screen, as well as for roadside plantings.

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

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • 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

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Magenta, Crimson

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No