The U.S. National Arboretum
LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Cherokee'
Plant Common Name
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.
AHS Heat Zone
11 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 10
H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Street Trees
Sharp or Has Thorns