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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia 'Pink Velour'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Velour
Additional cultivar information: (PP10319; aka Whit III, Royal Velvet)
Hybridized by Whitcomb; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive marsrover On Aug 14, 2013, marsrover from Allentown, PA wrote:

I acquired my Pink Velour in late May 2008. It was originally intended to be a stand alone specimen in a twelve by fifteen foot space in the northwest corner of my backyard. Over the years, it has come to share that plot with about eighteen other plants. None-the-less, it continues to stand out. When in bloom, it is a favorite with visitors.
It emerges late (early May this year), and is generally trouble free. Occasional mildew and brittle new branches are the principle issues. Also, the branches do droop significantly when the large flower clusters are weighed down by rain. It is now a bit over nine feet tall.
A great plant.

Positive outdoorlover On Apr 23, 2012, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful of all crepe myrtles with its vibrant pink color and dark burgundy foliage in the fall! It stays in an upright form and its branches do not lean toward the ground. Just lovely!

Positive Ed980 On Aug 4, 2009, Ed980 from Chattanooga, TN wrote:

The Pink Velour Crape Myrtle is one of the best crape myrtles to plant. The Pink velour's color is a very Vibrant pink but, not to dark. Also this crape myrtle does NOT have a Faded pink like ohter crape myrtle varities do. On a Scale of 1 to 10 I give this crape myrtle a 10+.

Positive kmhappel On Jan 31, 2009, kmhappel from Vista, CA wrote:

Pink Velour is an amazing crepe myrtle. The color is a nearly violent magenta red on masses of new branching. Leaves are dark green and go to red and bright yellow in fall. We keep them about six feet tall and trim to about six major canes each year. Some problems with powdery mildew. I have also grown one in a half wine barrel and it's doing fine. I bought seven of them online from Ecolage in Louisiana and they all did well and my 93 yr. mother is in love with them.

Positive clairesn On Oct 11, 2005, clairesn from Germantown, TN wrote:

We moved into a house in Memphis that has this variety planted along a patio fence. They're still young trees and have a nice vase shape (like a miniature elm tree) when not topped and allowed to grow into their natural shape. The previous owners took cuttings and rooted a few more trees to add to the row. The cuttings look like bushes right now, but will soon assume the bare tan/brown trunks of their older source trees. Bloom period is supposed to be 120 days, but they've been blooming here even longer than that. They bloomed profusely all summer long and still have some blooms in mid-October. They are thriving in crummy Tennessee clay soil with a couple inches of good topsoil on the surface. I read in a number of online sources that this variety is supposed to get around 10 feet tall; our five year old group is around 8 feet tall already. Hope they don't get too much taller than expected or we may be pulling out every other one in the row in a few years.


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

Loma Linda, California
Vista, California
Naples, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Goodman, Missouri
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Broadway, North Carolina
Oak City, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Manning, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
Cordova, Tennessee
Germantown, Tennessee
Arp, Texas
Austin, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Palmer, Texas

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