Japanese Crepe Myrtle
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous tree-shrub, multi-stemmed, to 20-30 ft (6-11 m) tall, arching branches, rounded outline. Attractive peeling cinnmamon bark, excellent winter feature. Leaves simple, opposite, light green. Flowers white, on 5-10 cm panicles. The fruit is a capsule, green and succulent at first, then ripening to dark brown or black on drying.
- Full sun, moist well-drained soil. Grows fast. Resistant to powdery mildew.
- Hardy to USDA Zone6 Native to Japan, Ryuku Island. First collected by John Chreech in 1956.
- Lagerstroemia fauriei (FAR-ee-i) is more cold hardy and this characteristic was transferred to the many L. indica × L. faurei cultivars released by the U.S. National Arboretum.