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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (TIGHTWAD RED®)

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit V' (TIGHTWAD RED®) PP11312

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Whit V'(TIGHTWAD RED®) PP11312

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle

General Description

Tightwad Red™ crapemyrtle is a heat-loving, small mounding shrub. It has small leaves that are red-hued when they first emerge, quickly fade to a light green and deepen to dark green by late spring. Its new branches are also red in color. From midsummer to frost, this compact crapemyrtle bears many clusters of sterile, crinkled, pale red flowers at its branch tips. Occasionally some of the flower petals may be lighter because cool, overcast summers yield duller bloom colors.

Crapemyrtle is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot sunny locations. Tightwad Red™ is highly resistant to powdery mildew. Grow this exceptional dwarf cultivar as a short hedge or plant in masses along a foundation. It can also be incorporated into mixed perennial or shrub borders with ease and provides flower color when many other plants are no longer in bloom.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • 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

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No