How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Crape myrtle—Lagerstroemia spp.
Family Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)

Plant identification

Crape myrtle trees are deciduous shrubs or small trees; dwarf forms are available. They are known for lovely fall color foliage; many flower colors are available.

Optimum conditions for growth

Crape myrtle trees can grow in all climatic zones; they do best in full sun. They should be watered deeply but infrequently. To encourage the next season's bloom, prune during the dormant season.

Leaves of crape myrtle
Leaves of crape myrtle

Crape myrtle
Summer bloom

Pests and disorders of Lagerstroemia spp.




Environmental disorders



Crape myrtle
Crape myrtle


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