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LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Firebird'

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Firebird'

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Firebird'

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle, Firebird Crapemyrtle

General Description

Descended from a crapemyrtle native to China and Korea, ‘Firebird’ is a heat-loving, medium-to-large-sized deciduous tree. In midsummer it bears showy clusters of deep red flowers at its branch tips. It has glossy, dark green leaves in spring and summer that turn shades of orange and red in the fall. Mature plants have a broad, upright habit and attractive exfoliating beige and pinkish bark.

Like most crapemyrtles, ‘Firebird’ tolerates a wide range of soils that are well-drained soils and grows best in hot, sunny locations. This lovely ornamental tree works well as a specimen in lawns or along streets, 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

    20'-50' / 6.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • 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

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • 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)

    Orange

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory, 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, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No