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View USF Tampa Plant Record: Lagerstroemia indica

Scientific Name Lagerstroemia indica
Common Name Crape Myrtle
Family Lythraceae
Info "Family Name: Lythraceae Summary: Crape Myrtle is a perennial shrub or tree (depending on its size). Nativity/Habitat: Native to southern China, Japan, and Korea. Morphology/physiology: -Foliage: Crown is vase shaped. Leaves turn orange, red, and yellow during fall. Leaf persistence is deciduous. -Trunk/Branches: The height of a mature Crape Myrtle is 25 feet. The trunk has smooth to exfoliating bark that is easily damaged. Underlying bark color ranges from cream to dark cinnamon. -Flower: Has showy flowers that can be pink, red, purple, and white. Flowers found in a cluster on multiple stems. -Fruit/Seed: Blooms last from July to September and seed production begins during the summer and ends in the fall. The flowers give way to hard brown oval seed capsules. -Roots: Growth Requirements: The Crape Myrtle has a rapid growth rate. It has a medium drought tolerance and is adaptable to poor soil conditions. Crape Myrtle grows best in full sunlight in moist well drained soil. Uses/Fun Facts: They are sold in nurseries as ornamental plants. Many times Crape Myrtle is planted in residential areas, parking lots, and median strips. Fruits do not attract wildlife. The scientific name Lagerstroemia was coined by Carl Linnaeus (ìFather of Taxonomyî) to honor his friend Magnus Von Lagerstroem, a Swedish naturalist. Written by Rose O'Donovan"
Found By "D Franz, A Aquino, S Tirey"
Date Found 1/24/2013
Native Nonnative
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