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Lagerstroemia indica 'Watermelon Red' /Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Watermelon Red'  / Lagerstroemia indica 'Watermelon Red'
The all time favorite among the crape myrtles cultivars
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The all time favorite among the crape myrtles cultivars

Full bloom in mid summer

Floral display silhouetted against a blue sky

Flower panicles in flull bloom

An old grove of crape myrtles

Flowers past their peak of bloom

Flowers the color of red watermelon flesh

Line of plants in full bloom

Established plants in full bloom in the middle of June

Specimen on the edge of a Baton Rouge street

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Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Watermelon Red'
Common Name: Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Crape Myrtles
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: One of the older varieties grown and an all time favorite of the reds. Very susceptible to leaf spot fungus during summers with frequent rains. At times it is devastated by crape myrtle aphids. Still, it is a very beautiful and desirable crape myrtle variety.