Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit I'
Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle flowers
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Height: 15 feet
Spread: 12 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5
Other Names: Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle
This stunning, pyramidal upright variety produces vibrant pink blooms with frilly white edges in late summer, green foliage emerges scarlet, and turns red in fall; captivating focal point for the garden or border; also good for container planting
Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle is bathed in stunning panicles of hot pink frilly flowers with white edges at the ends of the branches from late summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. It has attractive green foliage which emerges scarlet in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn red in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.
Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 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 approximately 20 years.
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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Raspberry Sundae Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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.