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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (BURGUNDY COTTON®)

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit Vi' (BURGUNDY COTTON®) PP14438

James Burghardt

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Whit Vi'(BURGUNDY COTTON®) PP14438

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle

General Description

Burgundy Cotton™ crapemyrtle ('Whit VI') is a heat-loving, large shrub with an attractive upright, vase-shaped canopy. It has glossy dark green leaves that are red-hued when they first emerge and age to dark green, though they may retain a burgundy color on their undersides in full sun exposures. In summer it bears many large clusters of crinkly, white flowers that are burgundy-red at the base. The pollen carrying stamens are a bright yellow. Mature plants have pretty exfoliating bark.

Crapemyrtle is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot sunny locations. Burgundy Cotton™ is quite tolerant to cold and if damage occurs quickly rejuvenates from root stock and still flowers by midsummer. Grow this terrific cultivar as a tall hedge, in mixed borders or as a large foundation specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 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

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, 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

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Burgundy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown, 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

  • Self-Sowing

    No