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Lagerstroemia

Crepe Myrtles, Crape Myrtles

Family: Lythraceae


These flowering trees are an old favourite in Queensland gardens. Rather than a tropical flamboyance, they have a more delicate look reminiscent of the cooler climate trees. Their leaves even colour up a little in autumn and fall in winter.

This old-fashioned flowering tree has enjoyed renewed interest in recent years with the development of many new varieties in a range of sizes. More information to come in future updates.

In spite of the common name, they aren't members of the plant family Mrytaceae (which includes eucalypts and lilypillies). Crepe myrtles belond to the family Lythraceae.



Where to buy Crepe Myrtles

If you can't find them in your local garden centres.

If you operate a nursery (including online and mail order) supplying Lagerstroemia to the publlic in Queensland, you can advertise in this section. Those selling rare, unusual or a wide range of varieties are especially urged to advertise. More information about advertising.

More Online Information

The following links are for general information. Some species or cultivars referrred to in links may be unavailable in Australia

General

Crape Myrtles Texas A&M University, USA
Crape myrtles rank high for summer color Office of Agricultural Communications Mississippi State University, USA
Lagerstroemia indica University of Florida (PDF)
Crape Myrtle Tree - Beautiful in Summer and Winter Arid-Southwestern Gardening Information, University of Arizona
Crape Myrtle Conference: a Blooming Boon for Texas Texas A&M University System. Report on the conference and the city of McKinney's plans to become a world showcase for this genus

Care

The Crepe Murder Mystery Some dos and don't of crepe myrtle pruning at the Higher Ground website (Texas USA)
When to Prune Flowering Shrubs Texas A&M University
Improper pruning damages crape myrtles By Daniel E. Mullin, Leon County Extension, University of Florida, USA
Crape Myrtles University of North Carolina Wilmingtom (Pruning tips)
Crape Myrtle Culture The University of Georgia
Crape Myrtles Re-bloom Texas A&M University
Why Did My Crepe Myrtle Change Color? The Grumpy Gardener, Alabama
Crapemyrtle Pruning University of Florida
Lagerstroemia indica Landscape Plant Propagation Information, University of Florida

Varieties

Crapemyrtle Cultivars University of Arkansas, USA
Lagerstroemia x 'Acoma' University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia x 'Biloxi' University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia x 'Cherokee' University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia x 'Muskogee' University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez' University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia x 'Tuscarora' University of Florida (PDF)

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Mature crepe myrtles. Brisbane, December 2014

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Roots have strong tendancy to sucker, even when the entire above-ground part of the tree has been removed

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Mistletoe on crepe myrtle is easy to spot in the deciduous phase. Brisbane, July 2015

Lagerstroemia speciosa

Queen Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Lagerstroemia speciosa University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia speciosa National Tropical Botanical Garden
The Pride of India Lagerstroemia speciosa Gifting Trees, India
Lagerstroemia speciosa (Queen's Myrtle) James Cook University, Qld
Put some regal splashes of color in your Miami-Dade landscape University of Florida (PDF) notes on Lagerstroemia speciosa

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Lagerstroemia speciosa. Brisbane, December 2013

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Lagerstroemia speciosa seedpods. Previous summer's foliage remains but is deteriorating. Brisbane, August 2011
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Lagerstroemia speciosa. Old leaves have been shed and new spring foliage is developing. Brisbane, October 2014

Other Species

Lagerstroemia fauriei University of Florida (PDF)
Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy' in: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 1. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University
Lagerstroemia archeriana The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
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