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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (DIXIE SERIES)

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica( DIXIE SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dixie Dwarf Crapemyrtle, Dwarf Crapemyrtle

General Description

The Dixie Series is a collection of ten miniature, weeping, shrub crapemyrtles. They grow no taller than thigh high and several grow only shin high. These summer-blooming deciduous shrubs boast flowers in a range of colors from purple to red or pink. Leaves are typically an attractive dark-green in spring and summer and in fall change into a kaleidoscope of yellow, orange and red.

Dixie dwarf crapemrytles are heat and drought-tolerant shrubs that can be planted in practically any well-drained soil that is not too alkaline. Full sun and adequate moisture, especially as plants begin to flower, will ensure the best best growth and flowering. Their dwarf stature suits these shrubs to small yards and mixed borders.

Rejuvenate the shrubs annually or every few years by pruning out older branches. As these shrubs are not particularly cold hardy, such a pruning schedule may be mandatory in regions with harsher winters where die-back is expected. Regular pruning can keep the shrubs much smaller, shorter and even prostrate. Members of the Dixie Series include the deep-red flowering 'Baton Rouge' ('Beverly'), lavender-flowering 'Cordon Bleu' ('Louisa'), 'Pink Blush', and the early season, heavily-blooming, purple-flowered 'New Orleans.'

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    0'-2' / 0.0m - 0.6m

  • Width

    0'-2' / 0.0m - 0.6m

  • 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, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Purple, Pink, Lavender, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No