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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.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 9
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 13
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20'-70' / 6.1m - 21.3m (30)
30'-60' / 9.1m - 18.3m (35)
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, China
Spring, Summer, Fall