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Zuni Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Zuni'

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Zuni Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Zuni') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Zuni Crapemyrtle flowers

Zuni Crapemyrtle flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Zuni Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Zuni') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Zuni Crapemyrtle in bloom

Zuni Crapemyrtle in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Zuni Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Zuni') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Zuni Crapemyrtle bark

Zuni Crapemyrtle bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

Smothered with panicles of lavender-pink flowers; attractive exfoliating bark; resistant to mildew, heat and drought tolerance; does not like to be over-fertilized

Ornamental Features

Zuni Crapemyrtle is covered in stunning panicles of lavender frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn orange in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Zuni Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Zuni Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Zuni Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, 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 40 years or more.

This shrub 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.

Zuni Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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