Lagerstroemia indica 'HOUSTON'

Lagerstroemia indica
Lagerstroemia indica 'HOUSTON'
crape myrtle
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.6-0.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS red
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
Exotics
Crape myrtle is a flowering shrub or small tree from China. It was first introduced to the USA and the UK in the 18th century. The original plant lagerstroemia indica is too tender and not too pretty so breeders were working on further hybridization and the most attractive varieties available now are believed to be results of crossing with l.speciosa and l.fauriei. Far more important news for us is the fact that among those finished plants were selected others that survived lower temperatures than what was common in the areas of natural habitat so we have a few myrtles that can grow even in our climate. Some were selections, other further hybrids.

Houston is a hardy variety of c
crape myrtle bred by American horticulturist David Chopin from Pennsylvania. It produces soft red, almost watermelon red flowers from late July or early August until the last sunny and warm days of early autumn. The deciduous leaves are leathery, oval, glossy, and green in summer, turning fantastic fiery red and orange shades in autumn. Houston is a dwarf plant forming a compact, cushion-like habit. No pruning needed, yet it can be done in spring after frosts.

Crape myrtles need little care. They need full sun with zero shade during the day. Grow them in well-drained soil that should be kept moist before it gets fully established. The soil should be very well-drained and fertile. Heavy mulching in winter is crucial in colder areas, and some mulch in summer is recommended to retain moisture. Overfertilizing will result in excessive growth but no flowers. Houston is hardy to about -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update: 17-01-2018
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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