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Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Centennial Spirit'

Lagerstroemia indica

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:

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:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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


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.