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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Lagerstroemia genus. There are about 50 species of evergreen and deciduous small to large trees. They are grown for their showy flowers. A distinctive feature is the crinkly margin and slender basal stalk of each of the 5 petals; the flowers are produced in large, dense panicles. You can grow in fertile well drained soil with full sun. You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Origin

Asia & Australia

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

They will thrive in full sun in well-drained, humus-rich soil. They need shelter from strong summer winds, You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or from seeds in the spring. To maintain as shrubs, cut back hard the previous season's stems each spring.

Propagation

Seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs, red spider mites and whitefly under glass.

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