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Cherokee Crapemyrtle*

Lagerstroemia 'Cherokee'

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Cherokee Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Cherokee') at Hicks Nurseries

Cherokee Crapemyrtle flowers

Cherokee Crapemyrtle flowers

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Cherokee Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Cherokee') at Hicks Nurseries

Cherokee Crapemyrtle in bloom

Cherokee Crapemyrtle in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

This attractive ornamental shrub or small tree produces loads of bright red frilly blooms in summer, followed by vibrant red-orange fall foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Cherokee Crapemyrtle is smothered in stunning panicles of red frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn red in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cherokee Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cherokee Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cherokee Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features