Canopy™ Lagerstroemia spp. (CM02) Intended

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Canopy™ Lagerstroemia spp. (CM02 Intended) is a cultivar of the Lagerstroemia species, commonly known as Crepe Myrtle. This cultivar is valued for its vibrant flowers, attractive bark, and resistance to common diseases. It is well-suited to Australian gardens and urban landscapes.

Height and Width

  • Height: Typically reaches a height of 3 to 4 metres.
  • Width: Spreads out to a width of about 2.5 to 3 metres.

Soil Type

  • Soil Preference: Canopy™ Lagerstroemia prefers well-drained soils. It thrives in a range of soil types including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It performs best in slightly acidic to neutral pH soils but is tolerant of a variety of soil conditions as long as they are well-draining.

Plant Description

  • Foliage: The plant features dark green, ovate leaves that turn vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red in autumn. The foliage provides a stunning contrast to the bright flowers.
  • Growth Habit: Canopy™ Lagerstroemia has a rounded and dense growth habit. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, making it suitable for use as a feature plant, in mass plantings, or as a flowering hedge.

Flower Description

  • Flower Colour: The flowers of Canopy™ Lagerstroemia come in a range of colours including shades of pink, red, purple, and white, depending on the specific cultivar.
  • Flower Shape: The flowers are large, showy, and crepe-like, arranged in panicles. Each flower consists of multiple crinkled petals, giving them a unique and attractive appearance.
  • Blooming Season: This plant flowers prolifically from late spring through to autumn, providing a long season of vibrant colour.
  • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making it a great addition to wildlife-friendly gardens.

Cultivation and Care

  • Watering: Requires regular watering during its initial growth period. Once established, it is moderately drought-tolerant but performs best with consistent moisture, especially during dry spells.
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun to encourage the best flower production and foliage colour. It can tolerate partial shade but with reduced flowering.
  • Pruning: Light pruning after the main flowering period can help maintain a neat shape and promote denser growth. It can also be pruned to a single trunk for a tree form or allowed to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub.
  • Fertilising: Benefits from a balanced fertiliser applied in early spring to promote healthy growth and vibrant flowers.

Additional Notes

  • Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to common diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot. Proper spacing and good air circulation can help prevent potential issues.
  • Uses: Ideal for feature planting, mass plantings, hedges, and borders. Its long flowering season and attractive foliage make it a versatile choice for various garden styles, including contemporary and traditional designs.