Lagerstroemia indica - Acoma
Landscape value: This tough, powdery mildew resistant cultivar is of great ornamental value for its abundant white flowers and attractive bark and foliage. Excellent as a specimen for small gardens or for growing in containers.
Height: 3 metre(s)
Width: 3 metre(s)
Growth rate: Slow to moderate.
Habit: A multi-stemmed shrub. Low spreading, semi-pendulous branches.
Foliage: Young leaves tinged strongly with bronze. Mature dark green lustrous leaves turning dark purplish-red in autumn.
Flowers: Pure white flowers with prominent gold anthers borne in panicles to 18 cm long and 12 cm wide. Summer to early autumn. Pruning in winter will encourage the production of larger flower heads the following summer.
Fruit: Insignificant capsules.
Bark: Bark exfoliates (after about three years) to reveal a light greyish-brown underbark.
Tolerances: Adaptable to a range of conditions, however it is best in moist, well drained, slightly acidic soils in a position receiving full sun. Moderate drought and heat tolerant. Resistant to powdery mildew. Transplants easily.
Comments: Lagerstroemia ''Acoma'' is now available as a standard, grafted onto a trunk approximately 1.2 metres in height.
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