Lagerstroemia indica – Crape Myrtle – Lythraceae (China)
Habit: Small, upright tree or large shrub, 6-8 m tall and wide, long, upward-reaching branches, slow-growing.
Flowers: Splendid panicles on the ends of this year#s wood, white, pink, red or crimson, like phlox, with numerous petals, up to 20 cm long, summer to autumn.
Leaves: Deciduous, opposite, elliptical-elongated to obovate, pointed, dark green, young bronze, up to 8 cm long.
Bark: Peeling, grey-brown bark, smooth, pink to reddish underneath.
Demands: Sun, moderately frost hardy, cold or tempered house, tolerates hard pruning.
Natural habitat: Any moderately fertile, loamy, well drained soil.
Hardiness: Zone 9