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Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Arapaho'

Red Crape Myrtle
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Multi Trunk, Standard Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 15-25' x 10-20'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Asia, Japan, Hybrid
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Red
  • Bloom Time:
  • Summer
  • Special Features:
  • Attractive Bark, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Fall Color
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 7-10, 12-14, 18-21
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 7


Of all the stunning Lagerstroemias we grow, few are as popular as ‘Arapaho’, and for good reason! This durable hybrid between L. indica, L. fauriei, and L. limii was introduced in 2003 and is named for a Native American tribe. It attracts attention nearly all year long with showy flower and leaf displays. As is customary with this genus, the bark is distinctively mottled, making L. ‘Arapaho’ attractive even in the dead of winter when the tree or shrub is defoliated. Come spring, new leaves in shades of deep red begin to appear. As the foliage ages, it becomes a handsome green. In the summer, brilliant deep red maroon flowers in the signature fluffy crape paper texture will stop traffic. As the weather cools, the oval 2-3 inch long leaves begin to turn a reddish purple shade that signals the coming of autumn. Easily pruned to a standard or low branching form, this Chinese native scores points not just for beauty but for performance as well. Drought tolerance, a nice manageable size of 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide in maturity, fire defensibility, and deep root systems make them eligible for street, lawn, courtyard or entry use. This hybrid is also thankfully extremely resistant to powdery mildew and is therefore eligible for use in climates with more coastal influence. Given occasional water, good drainage and full sun, Lagerstroemia ‘Arapaho’ will delight professional and amateurs alike. Left un-pruned, they make excellent large shrubs. Use in Western Garden Zones 7-10, 12-14, 18-21; H1 and H2.