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Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'JM1'

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Colorama Scarlet Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'JM1') at Patuxent Nursery

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle flowers

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle flowers

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Colorama Scarlet Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'JM1') at Patuxent Nursery

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle flowers

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Brand:  Garden Debut

Description:

This attractive ornamental shrub or small tree is covered in abundant scarlet red blooms in summer, followed by vibrant orange and red fall foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle is clothed in stunning panicles of scarlet frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. It has dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The oval leaves turn outstanding shades of red and orange in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Colorama™ Scarlet 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.

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Colorama™ Scarlet Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 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.

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