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LAGERSTROEMIA 'Comanche'

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Comanche'

James Burghardt

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Comanche'

Plant Common Name

Comanche Crapemyrtle, Hybrid Crapemyrtle

General Description

The Comanche crapemyrtle is a mildew-resistant deciduous shrub with pink to red-pink flowers in summer and orange-red to purple-red fall color. It is a tall, upright shrub that can be used as an accent plant or as an informal hedge or screen. 'Comanche' is exceptionally beautiful if trained into a small tree by removed the lowest branches.

Crapemyrtles should be planted in a well draining acidic to neutral soil. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. This cultivar is quite drought-tolerant once established. Pruning should only be done to remove the spent branch tips after the summer flowering. Often a smaller, second flowering can result by early autumn. Severely pruning the crowns of crapemyrtles, often called hat-racking, is a bad and unhealthy landscapers' practice.

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

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, 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

    Hot Pink, Coral

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • 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

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No