Plants for Summer: Trees


Lagerstroemia x 'Sioux'

Common name: Crape Myrtle
Zones of hardiness: 6 to 7
Height & width: 14’ high and 12’ wide
Leaves: Simple, alternate, oblong to obovate, pinnate; 2 to 4” long
Origin: U.S. National Arboretum

The Crape Myrtle is difficult to miss in the DC-metro area; they dot the landscape, from corporate and government campuses, to residential row homes, schools and along neighborhood streets. Among the countless cultivars with colors that range from white, bright and deep pink, light purple and deep red, there is the ‘Sioux’. The exfoliating and slender grey-tinted bark can be striking, making the tree attractive year-round, even without the panicle blooms that emerge in the summer months, usually beginning in June. Having medium pink flowers, the deciduous Sioux maintains its bright blooms well into September while its leaves switch from dark green to red in autumn. Like many cultivars, it does well in full sun, in heavy loam to clay soil and is adaptable to variations in landscape conditions.