CENTER STAGE® Coral Crapemyrtle

Zone: 6b, 7, 8, 9, 10 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 6-12' Width/Spread: 8'

There are two lovely contrasts at play within Center Stage Coral crapemyrtle. The first is in the coloring; its captivating bright coral pink flowers nestle into dark burgundy foliage. This fun combination could easily be the jumping-off point for a garden color scheme! The second contrast is within the texture; its ruffled blooms are bunched against super smooth, glossy leaves. Complex views like this make gardens more interesting. And happily, unlike older varieties, you’ll be able to think it’s beautiful all growing season long. It remains handsome even in conditions that would give other plants a case of powdery mildew or heat that would stress its foliage.

Why grow Center Stage Coral crapemyrtle?

  • Handsome contrasting foliage and flower colors
  • Super tolerant of heat and resists deer
  • Pretty low maintenance

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Light: Needs to be planted in full sun, which is 6 or more hours of direct exposure to the sun per day. Any less than that and the plant will not produce the abundance of flowers it is known for.

Soil: Enjoys moist soil the most, but is quite adaptable to different moisture levels and soil types. Thanks to its good disease resistance, it doesn’t get mildew as easily in moist areas as other crapemyrtles.

Water: Performs best with steady moisture. If this isn’t natural in your area, be sure to apply a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist for as long as possible.

Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring using a granular (not liquid) fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended. If any shaping is desired, do so in the late winter before the plant breaks dormancy. Some gardeners like to grow this as a single or multi-stemmed tree. If that interests you, select a robust branch early and prune down all others.

Botanical Name

Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLIJ' PP#33,292; CBRAF

Zone

6b, 7, 8, 9, 10

Flower Color

Pink

Foliage Color

Black, Purple

Height

6-12'

Width/Spread

8'

Exposure

Full Sun

Soil

Any, Average, Moist, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer

Uses

Borders, Hedges, Screening, Hedge

Features

Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Fall interest, Heat tolerant

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