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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (SIREN RED®)

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit Vii' (SIREN RED®) PP14975

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Whit Vii'(SIREN RED®) PP14975

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle

General Description

This crapemyrtle, Siren Red™, is a heat-loving, large deciduous shrub with a long blooming season. Descended from a native of eastern Asia, it has glossy, leathery, medium-green leaves that are red when they emerge in spring and turn red and orange in autumn. Starting in summer, Siren Red™ (also known as 'Whit Vii), blooms in clusters on branch tips and continues into autumn until frost. Prune spent clusters to encourage new flushes of bloom. The buds and the flowers are a rich blood-red. Mature plants have pretty exfoliating bark.

Like most crapemyrtles, Siren Red™ tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot, sunny locations. Watering helps keep the leaves green through summer and prolongs flowering. Grow Siren Red™ as a hedge or screen, at corners in a foundation planting, or in large, mixed beds and borders.

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

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Sandy 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, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No