Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Carolina Beauty'

Lagerstroemia indica

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carolina Beauty
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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Chino Valley, Arizona

Oakhurst, California

Gainesville, Florida

Gretna, Louisiana

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Clinton, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 29, 2002, Jefe wrote:

There simply isn't a myrtle out there with the rich deep red color of the Carolina beauty. It does need to be sprayed once a year with an antifungal though. I dug up two small ones that came up from large mature trees about three summers ago. Both are now well over 4 feet tall and bloomed significantly the past two summers (Late June to first of October). I also have 96 plants done from this year's seed. They are in a sunny window and beginning to shoot up.

* Note that the color of the Carolina Beauty does not stay true when grown from seed though.