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

  • Rhapsody in Pink Crapemyrtle shrub - Lagerstroemia indica Whit VIII pp#16616;
Rhapsody in Pink ® Crapemyrtle adds a distinct look to any yard. The soft pink summer flowers contrast nicely against the dark purple foliage. This upright crape myrtle is a fast growing tree growing up to three feet per year. The soft pink flowers continue throughout the summer from July to the first frost. The deer resistant plant makes a good stand alone plant or as part of the mixed border. Does best in moist or well drained soils. Height 10' to 12', Spread 12' to 15' (zones 7 to 9) Dr. Whitcomb's Crapemyrtle: Dr. Carl Whitcombs has been working with crapemyrtles for over 30 years. The breakthrough in plant breeding that has created more cold-hardy crapemyrtle cultivars and unique crapemyrtles such as the Red Rocket.

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.


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.


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.