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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (LITTLE CHIEF SERIES)

Image of Lagerstroemia indica (LITTLE CHIEF SERIES)

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica( LITTLE CHIEF SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Crapemyrtle

General Description

This is a group of dwarf, precocious crapemyrtles with several flower colors, including red, rose, pink and white. All descend from a deciduous species native to China and Korea -- Lagerstroemia indica -- that is normally a small tree but has given rise to many dwarf cultivars, including 'Little Prince,' which is the parent of this series.

Like all crapemyrtles, the bloom of the plants in this series is showy, with large clusters of flowers on the tips of the branches in summer. Removing the spent clusters promptly sometimes leads to a second bloom in autumn.

Remarkably, when started from seeds, plants in the Little Chief series flower in their first years even though they are still quite small. This makes them interesting to grow in containers before planting in the garden. Like most crapemyrtles, these grow and flower best in full sun on well-drained soil. In the garden, they're good for small spaces, specimens in the mixed border, and hedges.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-5' / 0.3m - 1.5m

  • Width

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • 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

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Gray, Slate 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No