Lagerstromia indica 'Burgundy Cotton' WHIT VI
Plant Patent #14,438
A mid sized Crape Myrtle variety with beautiful white flower blooms held against nice dark foliage. Foliage starts out as a wine burgundy color, and slowly matures into a dark green with burgundy colored tones & highlights.
Developed by Carl Whitcomb - same breeder who developed & introduced other popular Crape Myrtle varieties such as 'Dynamite', 'Red Rocket', 'Pink Velour', and others. Developed to be highly resistant to powdery mildew, cercospora leaf spot, and other diseases that older Crape Myrtles used to be somewhat prone to picking up.
of expired flower heads will oftentimes prolong & increase the
duration of blooms - sometimes well into early October in many areas of
the country. Yearly pruning should be performed - typically in either
early fall, or in very late winter ( just before bud break in the spring
). We recommend pruning branches back to the point where they are the
diameter of approximately 1/2" - 3/4" on more established specimens
.......Certainly no larger in diameter than 3/4". Pruning will be much
less in very young specimens for the first 2 - 3 seasons. Yearly pruning
will spur additional branching habit the following season which, in
turn, will spur on a maximum amount of blooms year after year since
blooms are always produced at the ends of the current years' new growth.
This is one of the main reason we suggest removal of old expired blooms
to help prolong production of new blooms.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height : 8 - 12 ft
--Mature Width : 8 - 12 ft
--Growth Rate : Moderate
--Hardiness Zones : 7 - 10
--Sun Exposure : Full sun to light partial shade
--Soil Preference : Average to slightly moist & fertile - well drained. Mulching recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture : Deciduous - nice new growth is burgundy red / wine color at first, maturing to a very dark green with occasional burgundy / wine colored accents & highlights.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts : Flowers - large clusters of pure white blooms are produced in mid to late summer, and oftentimes last into early fall in some climates. Rounded, pea sized seed capsules are formed, and left behind after blooming, and contain small seeds
--Diseases / Insects :
mildew, black spot, sooty mold, tip blight, leaf spot (Cercospora spp.
are the causal agents), Botryosphaeria canker, root rot, aphids,
Japanese beetle, Asian ambrosia beetle and Florida wax scale are all
problems that have been reported with Crape Myrtles. The most common
problems encountered are powdery mildew, black spot, and aphids. Regular
inspections, and treatments ( when necessary ), should be performed
periodically throughout the growing season, so as to not allow any
serious problems to take hold.
--Recommended Spacing : No specific spacing recommendations - depends on the use intended in each planting.
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.