Zuni Crape Myrtle
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub or possibly a small tree, semi-dwarf, usually multi-stemmed, upright, to about 15 ft (4.7 m) tall and 10 ft (3 m) wide, branches are reddish, becoming light brown grey, older branches and trunk develop exfoliating bark. Leaves are red-tinged when young, becoming dark glossy green and turning orange-red to dark red and yellow in the fall. Flowers are medium lavender in clusters about 8-14 cm long with a similar width.
- Full sun, moist well-drained soil; mildew-resistant. Reportedly one of the best larger crape myrtles for flowering in the Pacific Northwest, must be placed in a hot, sunny location. In Corvallis it starts to flower in late August.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 A cross of [L. indica (Dwarf Red) × L. fauriei] × L. indica 'Low Flame', made in 1972, cultivar selected in 1977 [HortScience 21(5):1250-1252(1986)].
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south side of Gilkey Hall.