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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Velma's Royal Delight'

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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: Velma's Royal Delight

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Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Hardiness:
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)
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:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured
Good Fall Color

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:
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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive springrunfarm On Jan 2, 2008, springrunfarm from Coatesville, PA wrote:

Nice purple flowering shrub. During cold winters (below 0 F), it may dieback to the ground, but it recovers quickly and by August it is 3-4' tall and full of blooms. I usually cut it back to 12" anyway to keep it rounded and full.
Southeast PA (zone 6b-7a).

Neutral Terry On Aug 16, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Velma's Royal Delight' is slightly hardier than many other CM's, however it is still susceptible to winter damage to the top growth. In which case, it should be treated more like an herbaceous perennial in areas with typical zone 5 winters. Providing good drainage and planting in a protected spot may minimize winter damage and allow the plant to be grown as a deciduous shrub in zones 5 and 6, but also bear in mind even with protection, it will likely remain smaller than when grown in warmer zones.

Crape Myrtlers are among the latest plants to leaf out in the spring, so patience is required to avoid unnecessary pruning.

Neutral blackbud On Aug 15, 2003, blackbud from milo, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I understand that this variety was developed as a 'hardy' crepe myrtle.

Regional...

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

Jacksonville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Locust Grove, Georgia
Wichita, Kansas
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Joshua, Texas



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