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LAGERSTROEMIA 'Pecos'

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Pecos'

The U.S. National Arboretum

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Pecos'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Crapemyrtle, Pecos Crapemyrtle

General Description

This crapemyrtle cultivar is a tall, mildew- resistant, deciduous shrub that blooms with eye-catching clusters of fuchsia-pink flowers in summertime. Its lovely, multi-colored bark is smooth and mingles cinnamon brown, gray and tan colors. More color arrives in autumn, when the leaves of 'Pecos' turn maroon. If lower branches are removed, this cultivar forms a handsome small tree appropriate for small gardens or in a foundation planting.

Like most crapemyrtles, ‘Pecos’ should be planted in a well-drained average soil. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. This shrub is quite drought tolerant once established. Pruning the spent branch tips after the first flowering often leads to a smaller, second flowering early autumn. Severely pruning the crown of a crapemyrtle, called hat-racking, is a harmful and unhealthy landscaper’s practice.

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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Fuchsia, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sienna, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color, Spotted/Mottled

  • 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

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No