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Plant Species of the genus Lagerstroemia

Information about this genus
Name: Lagerstroemia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: These trees are generally easy to grow, responding to a wide variety of soils. They grow best in a well-drained soil in a sunny position and are tolerant of light frosts. Propagate from seed or half-hardened cuttings in summer, or from hardwood cuttings in early winter. Powdery mildew can be a problem, but newer cultivars offer better disease resistance.
Description: This genus in the Lythraceae family, consisting of around 53 species of evergreen or deciduous trees that are mostly small, occurs from tropical Asia to Australia. A few species are widely cultivated, with many cultivars. Their showy flowers with crinkled petals, crape-like in texture, are in loose panicles in differing shades of pink, mauve and white. They have simple variable leaves that are usually opposite, and capsular fruits. Features which extend their appeal as landscape subjects are their colored autumn foliage and attractive, often peeling, smooth bark. The timber of some species has been used for bridges, furniture and railway sleepers.

Specie Vernacular Zone
indica 6-11
Lagerstroemia floribunda 11-12
Lagerstroemia speciosa 11-12
Lagerstroemia subcostata 7?9

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