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LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'bi-color'

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'bi-color'

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'bi-color'

Plant Common Name

Bicolored Crapemyrtle, Crapemyrtle

General Description

This semi-dwarf crapemyrtle, 'Bi-color,' is a fairly upright, deciduous shrub that produces clusters of white and red flowers on the tips of its branches. The main flush of bloom comes in midsummer and lasts a few weeks. Afterward flowering continues sporadically until frost in autumn. Prune off spent flower clusters to promote a succeeding flush of flowers, which will start in a few weeks.

'Bi-color' tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot, sunny locations. As this shrub buds and flowers keep the soil moist for the best display of bloom. This small shrub would be nice as an informal hedge or as a specimen in a mixed border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 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

  • Height

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • 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

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No