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LAGERSTROEMIA speciosa

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Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA speciosa

Plant Common Name

Pride-of-India

Special Notice

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General Description

Queen's crapemyrtle is a large semi-deciduous tree with rich green leaves and, off and on across the warm season, produces showy clusters of violet-pink or pink blossoms. This variable species from southern China and Southeast Asia can also flower in shades of nearly white and pale pink. Its foliage emerges with a reddish tint and unfurls into large, long green leaves with prominent veins. The mature form of this tree is broad and rounded, but can be very open in places. The bark is light brown and gray and will shed off in large pieces.

Queen's crepemyrtle needs full sun in a rich, humusy soil that is moist and slightly acidic for it to reach its most beautiful potential. It will tolerate infertile or drier soils, as well as slightly swampy areas, but the leafy canopy will not be robust, and flowering will be sporadic on branches. The wood of this tree is called banglang and is used for boatmaking and other marine-plank applications because of its density and resistance to salty air and water. It also can be used for furniture, resembling mahogany wood when polished. The bark yields a yellow dye. In the garden, use this tree as a lawn specimen or street tree. When the tree is younger, selective pruning should be conducted so a rounded and attractive form is best insured. The tree is not particularly attractive in winter (or dry season) when most leaves have dropped and twigs are exposed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 13

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-70' / 6.1m - 21.3m (30)

  • Width

    30'-60' / 9.1m - 18.3m (35)

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Copper

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No