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LAGERSTROEMIA 'Zuni'

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Zuni'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Zuni'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Crapemyrtle, Zuni Crapemyrtle

General Description

The mildew-resistant hybrid crapemyrtle 'Zuni' bursts forth in summer with strong-pink flowers that take on a lavender tint. More color arrives in fall as the leaves change from green to orange-red to dark red. The flowers do not fade with age as much as other boldly-colored cultivars. An upright, deciduous shrub, 'Zuni' displays attractive bark of ghostly gray and brown that is a highlight in fall and winter.

Like most crapemyrtles, 'Zuni' grows and flowers best in a well-drained, average soil. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. It is quite drought tolerant once established. In colder winter areas, the plant may die to the ground annually and rejuvenate in spring as a smaller shrub. Pruning should only be done on the small spent branch tips after the initial summer flowering. Sometimes a smaller, second flowering can result by early autumn. This crapemyrtle may be used as a small tree if the low limbs are removing early and regularly. It makes a good plant for smaller yards because of its upright habit and excellent floral color.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 7

  • 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'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • 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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Hot Pink, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    White, Tan, 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

    No

  • 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

  • Self-Sowing

    No