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LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Chisam Fire'

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Chisam Fire'

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Chisam Fire'

Plant Common Name

Compact Crapemyrtle

General Description

This compact crapemyrtle, 'Chisam Fire,' is a free-flowering deciduous shrub with green leaves and bright red to purplish red flowers in clusters at the tips of its branches. Heavy flowering typically starts by midsummer and lighter flowering can continue until frost. In fall, the leaves turn yellow, orange and red. The longest branches tend to arch slightly, giving the tree a graceful shape.

Like other dwarf crapemrytles, 'Chisam Fire' tolerates heat, drought, and almost any well-drained soil that is not highly alkaline. Adequate moisture, especially as plants begin to flower, ensures green leaves and full bloom. 'Chisam Fire' would be best planted en masse in expansive foundation beds or in the foreground in mixed borders, or in rock gardens as a specimen. It may also be grown in a large container. Ensure excellent air flow around the plant by giving it room to reduce the risk of leaf diseases, to which it is susceptible.

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

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • 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

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No