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Lagerstroemia 'Pocomoke'

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Phonetic Spelling
la-ger-STROH-mee-ah
Description

"Truly amazing" are words used to describe the dwarf 'Pocomoke' crepe myrtle. Released by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1998, this cultivar features deep, rose-pink flowers in mid to late summer. 'Pocomoke' thrives with the same cultural conditions as that of a typical crepe myrtle plant. Transplant in full sun to ensure a beautiful floral display in July and August.

Like all crepe myrtles, 'Pocomoke' is a deciduous shrub which drops its leaves each autumn. This drought and disease tolerant plant needs a 3 foot spacing between shrubs reaching a maximum mature height and width of 5 feet.

'Pocomoke' crepe myrtle can be included in large mass plantings or in small groups to create a low-growing hedge or foundation planting.  It works well in containers and can add some color to a small space or rock garden. If seasonal color and a low growing mature height are important to you, then this is the showstopper plant for your garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Some susceptibility to aphids and scale. Fungal leaf spot, powdery mildew. are occasionally diseases problems.  Chlorosis occurs in the leaves of plants in alkaline soils.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#pink flowers#small shrub#slow growing#red leaves#deciduous shrub#fall interest#dwarf#mass planting#hedges#flowering shrub#glossy leaves#long bloom time#flowers mid-summer#flowers early summer#flowers late summer#exfoliating bark#small group plantings#fall color red#flowers early fall#low hedge
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lagerstroemia
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Powdery Mildew
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Round capsules remain on shrub into the winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Terminal panicles of rosy-pink blooms summer to fall. Flowers are numerous, irregular, and 1 inch wide. They commonly have 6 petals, are clawed, and cristate.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-inch-long glossy oval leaves are green in summer and bronze-red in fall. Margins are entire and leaf arrangement is opposite. New leaves are maroon, turn dark green and in fall are bright red.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Bark Description:
    The bark is gray to tan which exfoliates with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Patio
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought