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Lagerstroemia speciosa

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Lagerstroemia reginae

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive infortlauderdale On May 23, 2011, infortlauderdale from Pompano Beach, FL wrote:

In Fort Lauderdale, in the parking lot of the Gateway Terrace Apartments on East 6th Ct., there is a line of 20 Queen's Crape Myrtle trees, some in very deep imperial purple and others in a lighter lavender. They are blooming profusely right now, in mid May. The trees are currently about 15 feet high and make a gorgeous row.

Neutral revdave On May 21, 2007, revdave from Maple Ridge, BC, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have seen this plant growing and blooming in Mission, BC. Canada (zone 7b-8a) It is growing in a shrub form. It has seeds on an annual basis which achieve about 50% germination. The seedlings are very difficult to transplant. Once established, it does well. We do get temperatures down to 25 F. It lives in a micro-climate on the south sunny side of the house.

Neutral scarlet777 On Sep 19, 2006, scarlet777 from Lebanon, PA wrote:

It says that the plants this plant grows in florida, what about Pa is there any that grow here.

Neutral tali On Oct 16, 2005, tali from davie, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

At what point does this plant flower? I purchased it quite young. It is now over year old and no flowers yet.

Positive healthtech On Mar 22, 2004, healthtech wrote:

Fully mature shrubs can be moved! I moved two 6m shrubs at the beginning of winter. They look great and are growing well.
Circumferential root ball trench to aprox 1m, wrap with biddum with flaps to cover roots when extracted, bind with hessian rope which will disintegrate. Tip to one side and sever roots. Close biddum flap and bind to top of root ball. Roll onto tarp and lift or slide to new position. (took 8 men!) Make large holes in bottom of root ball biddum before rolling into new position. Drip water for 2 weeks.
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Neutral dave On Aug 31, 2001, dave wrote:

This tree is native to the Asian tropics and reaches heights of well over 40 feet. Deciduous tree with late summer blooms.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Coto De Caza, California
Bartow, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Maitland, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Ookala, Hawaii
Pearl City, Hawaii
Wilmington, North Carolina
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Harlingen, Texas
Pharr, Texas

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