indica houston

Lagerstroemia indica ‘HOUSTON’

SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.6-0.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
BLOOMING TIME August – September
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6 (down to -23°C)
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms

Crape myrtle is a flowering shrub or small tree from China. It was first introduced to the USA and the UK in the 18th century. The original plant lagerstroemia indica is too tender and not too pretty so breeders were working on further hybridization and the most attractive varieties available now are believed to be results of crossing with l.speciosa and l.fauriei. Far more important news for us is the fact that among those finished plants were selected others that survived lower temperatures than what was common in the areas of natural habitat so we have a few myrtles that can grow even in our climate. Some were selections, other further hybrids.

Houston is a hardy variety of c
crape myrtle bred by American horticulturist David Chopin from Pennsylvania. It produces soft red, almost watermelon red flowers from late July or early August until the last sunny and warm days of early autumn. The deciduous leaves are leathery, oval, glossy, and green in summer, turning fantastic fiery red and orange shades in autumn. Houston is a dwarf plant forming a compact, cushion-like habit. No pruning needed, yet it can be done in spring after frosts.

Crape myrtles need little care. They need full sun with zero shade during the day. Grow them in well-drained soil that should be kept moist before it gets fully established. The soil should be very well-drained and fertile. Heavy mulching in winter is crucial in colder areas, and some mulch in summer is recommended to retain moisture. Overfertilizing will result in excessive growth but no flowers. Houston is hardy to about -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Lagerstroemia indica ‘HOUSTON’ SIZE/TYPE small shrub USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.6m USUAL WIDTH 0.6-0.8m LEAVES deciduous broadleaf COLOUR OF LEAVES green FLOWERS

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Calisto® Indian Hawthorn

Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Sodark’

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn flowers

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn flowers

Hardiness Zone: 6b

Brand: Southern Living, PDSI

A lovely disease resistant variety that produces profuse clusters of pink flowers; bright reddish-orange new foliage matures to a deep glossy green and is deeply curled; burgundy fall and winter foliage; excellent groundcover, accent, or foundation shrub

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn features showy clusters of shell pink flowers at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges indian red in spring. The recurved oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn burgundy in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Calisto® Indian Hawthorn will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Find Calisto® Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Sodark’) in Houston, Texas (TX) at Buchanan’s Native Plants