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Lagerstroemia subcostata var. fauriei is often confused with:
Lagerstroemia limii Bark
Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' 'Natchez' Form
Native alternative(s) for Lagerstroemia subcostata var. fauriei:
Chionanthus virginicus Flowering branch
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Stewartia pseudocamellia Leaves
Halesia carolina Full Form
Cercis canadensis tree form with pink blooms

Japanese Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia subcostata var. fauriei

Previously known as:

  • Lagerstroemia fauriei
Phonetic Spelling
la-ger-STROH-mee-ah sub-koh-STAY-tuh FAR-ree-ey
Description

This species of Crepe Myrtle from Yakushima Island, Japan is tree-like, has white flowers and spectacular copper-colored bark. It is one of the parent species for the "Indian Tribe" hybrids (including the very popular 'Natchez') introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum. This Crepe Myrtle is more cold hardy than L. indica but also tolerates heat.

Plant in open sunny site with well-drained soil in a spacious location where the peeling copper-colored trunks will be a feature.  

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Asian Garden- Japanese
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fantasy (JC Raulston Arboretum introduction)
  • Kiowa
  • Townhouse
Fantasy (JC Raulston Arboretum introduction), Kiowa, Townhouse
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#specimen#white flowers#winter interest#flowering tree#showy bark#summer flowers#exfoliating bark
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fantasy (JC Raulston Arboretum introduction)
  • Kiowa
  • Townhouse
Fantasy (JC Raulston Arboretum introduction), Kiowa, Townhouse
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#specimen#white flowers#winter interest#flowering tree#showy bark#summer flowers#exfoliating bark
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lagerstroemia
    Species:
    subcostata
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 19 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Multi-trunked
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a capsule, green and succulent at first, then ripening to dark brown or black on drying.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small white flowers in loose terminal panicles
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Attractive peeling cinnamon bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity
    Salt