Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle 'Burgundy Cotton'

Lagerstroemia indica

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
Registered or introduced: 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:

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:


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

Foliage Color:


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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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?


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.


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.


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.