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Laferstroemia Center Stage Coral's bright coral flowers contracting against its black foliage Lagerstroemia Center Stage Coral's small and tidy habit in fields.
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Meet the Breeder

Megan Mathey
Grand Haven, Michigan

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CENTER STAGE® Coral

Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

'SMNLIJ'

USPPAF; CBRAF

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Laferstroemia Center Stage Coral's bright coral flowers contracting against its black foliage Lagerstroemia Center Stage Coral's small and tidy habit in fields.
  • Heat tolerant
  • Bright Coral Flowers
  • Intense Foliage Color
Description

Trialed and tested and the University of Florida, the breeding goal of the Center Stage crapes is to bump up the bloom date, intensify the foliage color and reduce the mildew. Megan Mathey has done all that and more, delivering a vigorous growing, coral flowered beauty to round out this top flight series.

USDA Zone 7-9 (0°F/-17.7°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 6-12'

Width 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Black

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Moist, well drained soils are best, but crapemyrtle is widely adaptable, including to compacted urban soils.

Pruning Blooms on new wood. Pruning depends on the plant's role in the landscape, however, these large, tree-like crapemyrtles are best pruned only to develop an appealing form. Regular pruning or cutting back should generally be avoided

Uses Specimen plant; hedging; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Boasts handsome bark and excellent fall color in addition to flowers. Can be grown multi- or single stemmed.