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LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Cherokee'

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Cherokee'

The U.S. National Arboretum

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Cherokee'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Crapemyrtle

General Description

Cherokee crapemyrtle is a heat-loving, open-branched, large shrub that arose from the hybridization of other crapemyrtle cultivars. By midsummer it bears clusters of crinkled, subdued-red (or powdered coral-red) flowers at its branch tips among glossy, dark green leaves. In autumn, the leaves turn a brilliant red with hints of purple. The smooth, attractive bark, mottled light-gray, tan and brown, becomes the ornamental highlight in winter.

Like other crapemyrtles, it tolerates a wide range of soils, given good drainage, and grows best in hot, sunny locations. In general, this cultivar has good resistance to powdery mildew, to which many crapemyrtles are susceptible. Terrific as a border specimen or focal shrub in a border, 'Cherokee' can also be trained as a small tree by removing its lower branches early and regularly. Removing spent flower clusters promptly often leads to a second, smaller flowering.

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

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Coral

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color, 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, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No