Native to tropical southern Asia. It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 20 m tall, with smooth, flaky bark. The leaves are deciduous, oval to elliptic, 8-15 cm long and 3-7 cm broad, with an acute apex. The flowers are produced in erect panicles 20-40 cm long, each flower with six white to purple petals 2-3.5 cm long.
This is a much more glamorous plant to the other Crape-myrtles we sometimes offer (Lagerstroemia indica & Lagerstroemia subcostata). This tree is also much less cold-hardy than the other two. Whereas, the other two can be grown outdoors in the southern half of the British Isles Lagerstroemia speciosa cannot, and requires a frost-free environment. It can be grown as a conservatory plant, and will tolerate heavy pruning.
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