Close up of Pink Velour Lagerstroemia bloom
photo of Dr. Carl Whitcomb

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Dr. Carl Whitcomb
Stillwater, OK



Lagerstroemia indica

'Whit III'

USPP 10,319

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Close up of Pink Velour Lagerstroemia bloom
  • Vibrant color
  • Disease resistant
  • Award winner

Flashy pink summer flowers and distinct dark wine spring foliage ensures an extended, enticing display on Pink Velour® crapemyrtle. Heat and drought tolerant; mildew resistant. Awarded the 2003 Oklahoma Proven medal and winner of the 2007 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold Medal Plant Award.

Awards 2003 Oklahoma Proven; 2007 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant

USDA Zone 7 - 10 (0°F/-17°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 10 - 12'

Width 10 - 12'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

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.