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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Alba'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ADKSpirit On Aug 31, 2002, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

Crape Myrtles are the Lilacs of the south. I have 3 lining each side of my driveway. When they are in bloom the whole parking area has a light, sweet scent. They have white blossoms in mid-summer. If you trim off the spent blossom heads, the tree will have a second bloom, though not as full as the first. In the fall I cut the stems back to the main trunks, leaving the main trunks about 8-10 feet high. The trees look like heck but they blossom on new wood the next summer. These trees are nice along the roadways, driveways and as specimen trees. They make a nice choice where height is a consideration, ie. overhead wires.


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

Winterville, Georgia
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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