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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Carolina Beauty'

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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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Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
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

Foliage:
Deciduous
Blue-Green

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

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Jefe 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.

Regional...

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

Chino Valley, Arizona
Oakhurst, California
Gainesville, Florida
Kettering, Maryland
Clinton, Tennessee



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