Lagerstroemia 'WORLD'S FAIR'

Lagerstroemia
Lagerstroemia 'WORLD'S FAIR'
crepe myrtle
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +multicolored:deep pink a purple red
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist but well-drained
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
Exotics
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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 consequent hybrids.

World’s Fair is a short growing crepe myrtle variety producing arching branches on shrubs that seldom exceed one meter tall and some 1.5m wide. Bright pink flowers are composed in terminal racemes and open continuously from early August until mid to late September (upon weather conditions) in C.E. climate. The deciduous leaves are leathery, 3-4 cm long, elliptic to obovate, very glossy, olive green in spring, with some light burgundy red tones in summer, and turning carmine red and golden yellow in autumn.

When leaves fall off, older plants reveal flaking-off bark just like plane trees or stewartias do, leaving a mosaic pattern on the smooth trunks. This happens on upright and taller growing varieties. Dwarf or compact ones don’t make much bark to show.

Crape myrtles need little care. They need full sun with zero shade during the day. Pruning will secure fresh growth and good flowering: cut back last year's growth to about a third of its original size. Do so in spring after danger of all frosts. The plant will make strong news shoots that will bear flowers. Grow it in well-drained soil that should be kept moist before it gets fully established. The soil should be very well-drained and fertile. It needs heavy mulching in winter and some mulch in summer to retain moisture. Overfertilizing will cause excessive growth but no flowers.

The woody framework of this variety above ground is hardy to about -21°C (USDA zone 6b), and roots may withstand down to -25°C if mulched. However, standard trees (with a single trunk and grafted canopy) are often grafted onto common indica species which is hardy to about -15°C only, therefore, despite good hardiness of the variety tree forms are suitable only to zones 7 and higher. Overall size of such tree is a sum of common variety size plus the size of the trunk (which does not grow much taller anymore, only increases its girth).

Last update: 16-08-2012; 02-02-2022
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Lagerstroemia height 30-50 cm, width 30-50 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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