A deciduous shrub/tree, it will grow as a single trunked tree or a bushy shrub - it depends how you prune it. They are grown for their brightly colour flowers which appear in abundance during mid to late summer. The flowers have five petals with an appearance of crushed tissue paper. The flowers are found in dense terminal panicles up to 20cm long on most branches.
An easy to grow small tree or shrub requiring well drained soil, and full sun, plant in a position that is sheltered from strong winds as these will destroy the delicate flowers.
Most well drained loams with some humus present. They actually thrive in clay but will also tolerate sandier soils as well.
These hybrids (L.indica x L.fauriei) are the most popular with many new varieties that combine fabulous bloom colour with disease resistance.
A heavy prune during winter will help to maintain a more compact fuller shape and encourage flower growth the following summer.
50 species including Lagerstroemia Speciosa which has larger flowers and leaves.
Author: Bob Saunders.
Light: Full sun
Growth: Very fast