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LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Lafayette'

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Lafayette'

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Lafayette'

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle, Lafayette Crapemyrtle

General Description

Dwarf crapemyrtle 'Lafayette' is a miniature deciduous shrub with green leaves and a profusion of light lavender flowers in clusters at the tips of its branches. Flowering begins as early as the latter weeks of spring and continues until frost. You could say that 'Lafayette' is a heavy bloomer or even an "everbloomer". Pruning spent clusters encourages the next flush of bloom. In fall, the leaves turn shades of yellow, orange and red.

Like other dwarf crapemrytles, 'Lafayette' tolerates heat, drought, and almost any well-drained soil that is not hihgly alkaline. Adequate moisture, especially as plants begin to flower, is essential to maintain green leaves and produce full bloom. As 'Lafayette' is a very low-growing plant, it would be best planted en masse in foundation beds or in the foreground in mixed borders or rock gardens.

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

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, 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

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • 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

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No