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LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Dallas Red'

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Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Dallas Red'

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle, Dallas Red Crapemyrtle

General Description

Descended from a species of crapemyrtle native to eastern Asia, ‘Dallas Red’ is a small, heat-loving, multi-stemmed deciduous tree. In summer it bears large, loose clusters of crinkled, vivid violet-red flowers at its branch tips. Its leaves are dark to medium green in spring and summer and turn shades of orange-red in the fall. Mature plants have an upright but broad canopy and attractive exfoliating bark.

Like other crapemyrtles, ‘Dallas Red’ is tolerant of a wide range of soils that are well-drained and grows best in hot, sunny locations. This is one of the best crapemyrtles for overall resistance to diseases, including powdery mildew, which disfigures the leaves of susceptible cultivars. Plant 'Dallas Red' in larger foundation beds, as a small street or yard tree, or in mixed borders.

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

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18'-22' / 5.5m - 6.7m

  • Width

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • 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

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Magenta, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • 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

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No