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Rhapsody in Pink CrapemyrtleLagerstroemia indica 'Whit VIII' pp# 16616

  • Rhapsody in Pink Crapemyrtle - Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit VIII' pp#16616;

This variety of crapemyrtle adds a distinct look to any yard. The soft pink summer flowers contrast nicely against the dark purple coloring of the new foliage growth. The petals are wrinkled like crepe paper, and blooms persist until the first frost.

The ornamental value, however, may be surpassed by its fast growth. A Rhapsody in Pink crapemyrtle can grow up to 3' per year. So if you’re looking to fill a hole in your landscaping quickly, this may be a good choice.

Hardiness Zones

The rhapsody in pink crapemyrtle can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 7–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The Rhapsody in Pink crapemyrtle grows to a height of 10–12' and a spread of 12–15' at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

This variety of crapemyrtle grows well in moist, well-drained soils. It is heat- and drought-tolerant and mildew-resistant.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Blooms from July to the first frost, producing large clusters of soft pink flowers that have wrinkled petals similar to crepe paper.
  • Grows up to 3' per year.
  • Features foliage that carries a dark purple hue on new growth.
  • Is deer- and mildew-resistant.
  • Works well as a specimen plant or as part of a mixed border.
  • Tolerates heat and drought, making it a water-wise choice.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

This shrub attracts bees and provides bird habitat.

History/Lore

The crapemyrtle is called the "lilac of the South." The number of cultivars is enormous. Among these, the U.S. National Arboretum introductions are important for their disease resistance, good flowering, and ornamental bark. Thanks to his work with crapemyrtle breeding for most of his professional life, Dr. Carl Witcomb—researcher, author, and professor at the University of Florida and Oklahoma State University for 20 years—has patented cultivars that are hardy in Zone 6 and even on warmer sites in Zones 4 and 5.