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PlantFiles: Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Burgundy Cotton'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy Cotton
Additional cultivar information: (PP14438, aka Whit VI)
Hybridized by Whitcomb; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ery On Jun 12, 2012, ery from Bayshore, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Although the blooms are extraordinary and aptly named 'Burgundy Cotton', after a big rain, the limbs touch the ground. The limbs are rather thin and in three years have not thickened nor become stronger. Thus far, their flexibility has prevented breakage. However, I expect at some point they will break which tempts me to cut off the gorgeous blooms. Has anyone experienced this problem and found a solution other than cutting off the bloom?

Positive trackinsand On Jul 27, 2010, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

imho, this is the only Crape Myrtle to have! lol
it leafs out earlier than all others in the area, starts blooming earlier and continues to bloom all the way through late fall. the dramatic plum-colored new foliage is striking. if it has a downside, it would be that the first flush of flowers are normally so huge and heavy that branches will snap. i try to trim those back a bit when they start to droop too much. the second flush is much more well behaved. the flowers are white but with a nice pink tinge to them.

Neutral nifty413 On Jan 23, 2008, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Originally given the invalid (according to the standards of the "International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants") cultivar name 'Whit VI'. 'Burgundy Cotton' is the improperly trademarked (also according to the "ICNCP") cultivar name owned by Lacebark, Inc.; U.S. Plant Patent #14438.

Positive Forensicmom On Jul 11, 2007, Forensicmom from Millersville, MD wrote:

This is still new but has gorgeous foilage and beautiful pinkish-white blooms. It's only 3' tall now but I can only imagine how beautiful it will be in a few years.


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

Millbrook, Alabama
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Solgohachia, Arkansas
Orange Park, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Columbia, Maryland
Millersville, Maryland
Rising Sun, Maryland
Keyport, New Jersey
Wilmington, North Carolina (2 reports)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Leesville, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Kempner, Texas
Rowlett, Texas

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