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Lagerstroemia indica

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Shrub or small deciduous tree, native to Asia, this plant can reach 7-10 meters in height. The stem is erect and thin, often the plant develops several parallel trunks with clear, smooth bark, which generally tends to peel with age. The crown of the lagerstroemia is rounded, enlarged, not very dense with oval, elongated, dark green leaves, which become orange in autumn, before falling.

In summer, at the apex of the branches, Lagerstroemia indica produce long panicles of white, pink or lilac flowers. These small trees are widespread in gardens, and also in road trees; during the winter the plant strips completely and is one of the last plants to germinate in the spring.

The species of lagestroemia they are about eighty, there are also much more impressive ones, such as Lagerstroemia speciosa, which reaches 20-25 meters in height, but slightly fears the cold; Lagerstroemia nana is instead a small shrub, which reaches 50-90 cm in height.


Exposure

Plant the lagestroemia in a sunny place, or in partial shade; this tree does not fear the cold and withstands the summer heat and environmental pollution without any problem. The ideal exposure is full sun or, at most, half shade. However, they are undemanding plants and will hardly get sick.

Certainly giving them a bright display will encourage abundant flowering and beautiful autumn foliage colors.

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