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Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Whit VI'

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Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Whit VI') at Valley View Farms

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle flowers

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle flowers

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Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Whit VI') at Valley View Farms

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Whit VI') at Valley View Farms

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle foliage

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

This exceptional ornamental shrub produces volumes of white frilly blooms in summer that are sometimes pinkish, over green-burgundy foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border; also good for container planting

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle is covered in stunning panicles of white frilly flowers with shell pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early summer to mid fall. It has attractive burgundy-variegated green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The recurved oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn orange in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub 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 shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 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 shrub 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.

Burgundy Cotton Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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