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Lagerstroemia indica 'Piroska' /Piroska Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Piroska'  / Lagerstroemia indica 'Piroska'
Crape myrtles bloom at a very early age as seen in this nursery grown specimen
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Crape myrtles bloom at a very early age as seen in this nursery grown specimen

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Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Piroska'
Common Name: Piroska Crape Myrtle
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Crape Myrtles
Comments: This variety selected in Texas produces a mass of red flowers in summer. The "Southern Lilac" blooms for 3 to 4 months in the warm part of the year. The autumn color of some can be outstanding. Prune in late winter and remove the spent flower heads immediately after flowering to extend the blooming period. Susceptible to powdery mildew, cercospora leaf spot and crape myrtle aphids.