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Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Alba'

Lagerstroemia indica

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Winterville, Georgia

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


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.