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Lagerstroemia ⨉ ‘Natchez’

 

Crape Myrtle

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyLythraceaeLoosestrife family, also Includes henna, pomegranates, crape myrtles, others
GenusLagerstroemiaCrape myrtles, named for Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström
Species
Cultivar‘Natchez’

About plant names...

Crape myrtle is a native of China, Korea, Japan, and India, widely cultivated as a dramatic landscape planting in suit­able climates throughout the world.

Identification: These plants blur the distinction between tree and shrub, at 10-30' (3-9.1 m) in height, with multiple, spreading stems. Some cultivars are much smaller, as small as 18" (45 cm). Bark is smooth, mottled, and pinkish-gray, peeling to reveal cinnamon-colored new bark. It sheds each year. Leaves are pinnate, 1-2½" (2.5-7.1 cm) long, opposite or whorled, and elliptic, oblong, or obovate. They are dark green, turning yellow, orange, or red in the fall. Flowers occur in large, attractive panicles. This cultivar is red; others are white, pink, mauve or purple. Flowers appear from July to September. Fruits are brown, oval or round, and less than ½" (1.3 cm) around.

Online References:

Lagerstroemia indica at the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site (PDF)

Lagerstroemia indica on FLORIDATA

Lagerstroemia indica on Wikipedia

Lagerstroemia indica on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Lagerstroemia indica at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Lagerstroemia ⨉ ‘Natchez’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
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Lagerstroemia ⨉ (Crape Myrtle)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA