Classification, origin and diffusion
It is a plant native to East Asia (temperate zone of China) belonging to the Lythraceae family, a small family comprising about 370 species, mostly herbaceous and often linked to humid environments. It has a beautiful bloom (from July to September) and is rather used as an ornamental in parks and gardens.
Lagerstroemia - Lagerstroemia indica L. (photo www.mecnita.com)
Lagerstroemia flowers - Lagerstroemia indica L. (website photo)
Lagerstroemia - Lagerstroemia indica L. (website photo)
Size and bearing
It does not exceed 8 meters in height and has a rounded, light crown with spreading branches.
Trunk and bark
Ribbed trunk, wider at the base and covered with a thin yellowish-white rind with darker patches.
Deciduous, opposite leaves, couplets with lytic to lanceolate leaf, with acute apex. The upper page is glossy with dark green colors, the lower one lighter and opaque; they are up to 7 cm long.
It blooms in summer producing showy terminal panicles. The flowers are a few cm wide and have a calyx of six sepals and a corolla of six petals with a thin and elongated nail and an elegantly wavy flap. The color varies from purple red to white. The fruit is a settifraga capsule that opens superiorly along the margins of the carpels keeping the central axis intact. The seeds are small.
It is a flowering and leafy tree used in parks and road trees. Many varieties have been selected which differ in color and bearing.