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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Centennial Spirit'

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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 Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
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 seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral hershey1 On Jun 5, 2006, hershey1 from Hummelstown, PA wrote:

Planted about a three ft CS right about Sept 1st of last year. Even protected this is the only crape myrtle of mine that had top dieback and I have 3 others. It is absolutely beautiful when in bloom and non-fading also. I'd like to say that the top dieback was attributed to the late planting last year but who knows.

I want to see how it comes back this year and it might surprise me with a strong rebound. I am already seeing some strong bottom growth but want to see how agressive it comes back!

Positive aggiesmom On Sep 20, 2003, aggiesmom from Wewoka, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Set out 3 1-gal plants October 2002. Had good blooms this first summer and grew quite well. Plants receive morning sun only

Positive BACAVEMAN On Jun 29, 2003, BACAVEMAN from Quinlan, TX wrote:

'Centennial Spirit' is patented by Oklahoma State University. It is bred to be mildew-resistant and have fewer suckers than most other Crepe Myrtles.


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

Savannah, Georgia
Carencro, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Bethesda, Maryland
Ijamsville, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Clovis, New Mexico
Beulaville, North Carolina
Comanche, Oklahoma
Enid, Oklahoma
Sallisaw, Oklahoma
Wewoka, Oklahoma
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Culleoka, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Granbury, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Quinlan, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Newport News, Virginia

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