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Lagerstroemia indica L.
Trees and shrubs | Magnoliopsida

Scientific name - Lagerstroemia indica L.

Lagerstroemia was named after Magnus von Lagerstroem Swedish botanist who collected plants from India for Carl Linnaeus.

Synonyms --

Popular names - Myrtle crack, crack Myrtle Queens, Indian lilac, sarusuberi, hyaku-jikkò.

Distribution and Habitat - originally from China.

Description - deciduu tree. Global Crown-espansa. Body nodosa, latit basis. Ritidom thin, white-yellow, smooth, glossy. Decidue leaves, opposite or alternate, distances, almost sessile, lamina glabra, elliptic-lanceolata, shiny green on top, the green opaque on the bottom, edge entire, top acute, 7 x 2-3 cm, autumn leaves are brown - purple. Blossom panic terminal, 8-20 cm long, pedicel and peduncle bracts. Flowers about 4 cm, pink-purple or carmine, 2-3 cm diameter. Blooms in July-August. Fruit capsulesto dehiscence, opening only at the top.

Growth rate - moderate.

Requirements - soil moist, well-drained, sunny exhibitions.

Management - are clipped annually after flowering.

Propagation - by seeds or seedlings.

Cultivars and varieties - 'Carolina Beauty' - 6 m high, red flowers. Hang up to -19 ° C.

'Centennial Spirit' - dark red flowers, blooming in June-July, autumn leaves are red - orange. Hang up to -30 ° C.

'Victor' - 0.9 m high, red flowers, blooming in July-August.

Properties and Uses - Ornamental trees used in parks and gardens, the shaft alignment.

 

References

David A. Francko - Palms Will not Grow Here and Other Myths - Timber Press, 2003

Horacle Freestone Clay, James C. Hubbard, Rick Golta - Tropical Shrubs - University of Hawaii Press, 1987

Mark K. Stebbins - Flowering Trees of Florida - Pineapple, 1999

Michael A. Dirr - Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for warms climates - Timber Press, 2002

Ran Levy-Yamamori, Gerard Taafe - Garden Plants of Japan - Timber Press, 2004

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