Plant of the Week – Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei

A favourite plant of ours at Davidson Design Studio is the Dwarf Crepe Myrtle.  Bred and selected for its exceptional attributes and resistance to powdery mildew, the cultivars produced are highly ornamental, long flowering and hardy.

(www.burkesbackyard.cm.au)

Bearing the characteristic mottled bark and high summer flowering of their parents, the dwarf varieties are more suitable to suburban gardens and streetscapes.  The trees also bear the brilliant foliage colour in autumn and vibrant green leaves in the spring and summer.

Dwarf Crepe Myrtle’s have good heat tolerance and the ability to withstand periods of drought. The trees are ideal for use in parks, as street trees or as specimens in the garden with a range of different sized cultivars available.

Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei ‘Natchez’ (www.flemings.com.au)

We frequently specify Natchez – a white flowering crepe myrtle growing to 8 metres high and 6 metres wide, Tuscarora – a hot pink variety growing to 5 metres high and 4 metres wide, and Yuma – a lavender flowering small tree growing to 4 metres high and 3 metres wide.

Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei ‘Tuscarora’ (www.flemings.com.au)

New, smaller varieties are due to be released in the coming months including a coveted burgundy coloured leaf specimen.

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