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Osage Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Osage'

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Osage Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Osage') at Homestead Gardens

Osage Crapemyrtle flowers

Osage Crapemyrtle flowers

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Osage Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Osage') at Homestead Gardens

Osage Crapemyrtle in bloom

Osage Crapemyrtle in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

This attractive ornamental shrub or small tree is covered in stunning, vibrant pink blooms in summer, followed by dark red fall foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Osage Crapemyrtle is blanketed in stunning panicles of hot pink frilly flowers with shell pink overtones 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 dark red in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The mottled brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Osage Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree 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 tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Osage Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Osage Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy 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 50 years or more.

This tree 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features