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Zuni Crape Myrtle

Zuni Crape Myrtle

(Lythraceae Lagerstroemia Indica X Faueri Zuni)

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    Noteworthy Characteristics

    If stunning floral display is your number one criteria, Zuni will most likely be your pick. For up to 100 days during summer, Zuni Crape Myrtle produces an abundance of large, vivid purple flower clusters. The foliage of Zuni is dark green during the season and turns to shades of orange and red in the fall. The bark is light brown to tan in color.

    Uses

    One of the taller varieties of crape myrtle to 15 feet in height, Zuni can be used as a stand alone specimen, in groupings, or in rows in landscape beds, medians, or foundation plantings. It can also be useful for espalier: trained to grow flat against an open wall.

    About Fauriei Hybrid Crape Myrtles

    In 1959, Dr. Donald Egolf began a crapemyrtle research project at the U.S. National Arboretum to develop crape myrtles that were disease resistant, hardy, true to flower color, and that would repeat bloom.

    Germplasm of Lagerstroemia fauriei was collected in Japan by Dr. John Creech and distributed to the U.S. National Arboretum. This material was discovered to be resistant to powdery mildew; a disease known to inflict many varieties of crape myrtle, and to possess a unique, heritable, dark brown trunk color. L. fauriei was incorporated into the research program with great success. Since then, twenty "Fauriei Hybrid" crapemyrtle cultivars have been released!

    The successful hybridization of Lagerstroemia indica with Lagerstroemia fauriei revolutionized the development of crapemyrtle. In addition to field resistance to powdery mildew, the hybrids provide new trunk colors that in the future may be sought as much as the brilliant flowers.

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