Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit V'
Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle flowers
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle
A true dwarf crapemyrtle producing deep red blooms on a low mounded form that continues with age; produces no seed pods; small foliage emerges wine red, then turns dark green; a captivating focal point for a smaller area; great for container planting
Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle is blanketed in stunning panicles of red frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges red in spring. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn red in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Tightwad Red Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use 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.