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Recommended Varieties of Crepe Myrtles
All Are Powdery Mildew-Resistant or Highly Mildew-Tolerant
'Acoma' - The parents of this 1969 cross,  selected in 1972, were:  L. indica 'Pink Ruffles' and (un-named L. indica X L. fauriei seedling) -
A large, pure-white-flowered shrub with weeping branch tips to 12-feet-high by 10- to 12-feet-wide.  It bears a light, grey bark and dull-red to dark, purple-red fall foliage.

'Apalachee' - The parents of this cross, selected in 1976, were:  L. indica (Azuka dwarf hybrid) and L. fauriei -
A large shrub or small tree to 14-feet-high with light, lavender blooms.  The smooth, mottled bark is a cinnamon to chestnut-brown and its fall foliage ranges from dull orange to russet to dark-red.

'Arapaho' - The parents of this three-way cross, hybridized in 1989, were:  L. indica, L. limii and L. fauriei -
A large shrub or small tree to 20-feet-high with near true-red blooms.  The smooth bark is light tan and the glossy, dark-green leaves are tinged with maroon.

'Basham's Party Pink' - Parentage not recorded - An indica-fauriei hybrid which was first noted in 1963 in a golf course north of Houston, Texas -
It bears pale lavender-pink flowers and can reach 30 high in mild winter areas.  The mature bark is light-grey, and its fall foliage is yellow to orange-red.  Plant only in hardiness zone 9 or warmer since it can be killed to the ground in a severe winter in zone 8.

'Biloxi' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1977, were:  [L. indica (dwarf red) X L. fauriei]  and [L. indica 'Low Flame' X L. fauriei] -
An outstanding and very, cold-hardy National Arboretum selection with pale, pink flowers.  It typically forms a multistemmed tree 25- to 45-feet-high.  The mottled bark is like the native Madrone Tree, smooth and dark, reddish-brown.  Its fall foliage is dark orange to dark red.  This tree can grow seven feet in one year.

'Caddo' - Selected from an open-pollinated 1971 seedling from a 1965 cross of:  L. X 'Basham's Party Pink' and L. indica 'Cherokee' -
A 6- to 8-foot, semi-dwarf shrub, with wide-spreading, horizontal branching and very, dark, pink flowers.  Its bark is light, cinnamon-brown, and it produces bright, orange-red fall foliage.

'Catawba' - The parents of this 1960 cross, selected in 1966, were:  L. indica 'Dwarf Purple' and L. indica 'Light Lavender' -
A highly-mildew-tolerant, 10- to 14-foot, rounded shrub with dark, purple flowers.  This cold-hardy favorite has brilliant, orange-red fall foliage.

'Centennial Spirit' - A second generation, open-pollinated, 1982 seedling of chemically-induced (seeds soaked for 1 hour in a 4% solution of ethylmethane sulfonate), mutant L. indica crepe myrtles -
It bears the darkest of wine-red blooms and can eventually reach 6-feet-high.  This powdery-mildew-resistant, very cold-hardy, dwarf shrub produces red-orange fall foliage.

'Cheyenne' - The parents of this three-way cross, hybridized in 1990, were: L. indica, L. limii and L. fauriei -
A large shrub to 10-feet-high and wide bright red flowers.  The smooth bark is a light reddish-tan and the glossy, dark-green leaves are tinged with maroon.

'Chickasaw' - Hybridized, "and selected from a complex pedigree involving five original plants and their progeny intercrossed for five generations.  Approximately one-third of its genotype was contributed by L. fauriei."
The first, true miniature, highly-mildew-tolerant hybrid crepe myrtle.  A container-grown plant has reached 20-inches-high and 26-inches-wide after 7 years.  Its dark, red buds open to pinkish-lavender blooms.  the leaves are tiny, glossy and dark green and produce bronze-red fall color.

'Choctaw' - The parents of this cross, selected in 1970, were:  ( L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) and L. indica 'Potomac'  -
A very, cold-hardy, 30-foot-tall, multistemmed tree with clear, bright-pink flowers, light cinnamon-brown to darker-colored bark and bronze to maroon fall foliage.

'Comanche' - The parents of this 1969 cross, selected in 1973, were:  L. indica (dark red) and (un-named L. indica X L. fauriei seedling) -
A large shrub to 12 feet with a spreading habit and a light, sandalwood-colored bark.  It produces dark, coral- pink flowers over a long season and has spectacular dark, orange-red to dark, purple-red fall foliage.

'Fantasy' -  A selection by Dr. J. C. Raulston of L. fauriei derived from seed collected by Dr. John Creech in 1956 at Kurio, Yakushima, Japan by the USDA New Crops Research Branch -
A 50-foot, multistemmed tree with extraordinary, peeling, orange-red bark.  It bears white flowers, has red-orange fall foliage and is very, cold-hardy.

'Hopi'- The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1975, were:  L. indica 'Alba Nana' and (L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) -
This popular, clear-pink-flowered shrub grows to 12-feet-high by 10-feet-wide.  Its bark is grey-brown and fall foliage color is a bright, orange-red to dark-red.  It is the most cold-hardy of the semi-dwarf National Arboretum hybrids.

'Kiowa' -  A selection of L. fauriei from seed collected by Dr. John Creech in 1956 at Kurio, Yakushima, Japan by the USDA New Crops Research Branch -
A 30-foot, multistemmed tree with outstanding, peeling, orange-red to dark-brown  bark.  It produces white flowers and has red-orange fall foliage.

'Lipan' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1975, were:  (L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) and [(L. indica (red) X L. indica 'Carolina Beauty') X L. X 'Basham's Party Pink] -
A 14- to 16-foot-tall, large shrub with near-white to beige mature bark which bears medium-lavender flowers.  Its fall foliage ranges from light-orange to russet to red.

'Miami' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1976, were:  (L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) and [L. indica 'Firebird' X (un-named L. indica X L. fauriei seedling)] -
This hybrid produces dark-pink to coral-red flowers.  It can reach 15 feet, or more, as a multistemmed tree or 25 feet if trained to one trunk.  The exfoliating bark is dark, chestnut-brown.  Fall foliage color ranges from orange to dark-russet.  Very, cold-hardy, if acclimated.

'Muskogee' - The parents of this 1964 cross, selected in 1969, were:  L. indica 'Pink Lace' and L. fauriei -
This selection is from the original generation of hybrids produced at the National Arboretum.  It has lavender flowers and can reach 25- to 40-feet-high.  The attractive mottled bark is a medium-brown.  Its fall foliage ranges from red to yellow.

'Natchez' - The parents of this 1964 cross, selected in 1969, were:  L. indica 'Pink Lace' and L. fauriei -
A white-flowered, 25- to 40-foot tree in mild-winter climates.  The mature bark is a beautiful, dark, cinnamon-brown.  Fall color is orange to red. Plant only in hardiness zone 9 or warmer.

'Osage' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1976, were:  (L. indica (dwarf red) X L. fauriei) and (L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) -
This large shrub with semi-weeping new growth and flower clusters can reach 12- to 16-feet-high.  It produces clear, pink blooms and a grey-brown to mottled chestnut-brown bark.  Fall foliage is red to dark-red.

'Pecos' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1975, were: (L. indica (dwarf red) X L. fauriei) and (L. indica (dark red) X L. fauriei) -
A large, multistemmed shrub to 10-feet-high with dark-brown mature bark.  It produces clear, medium-pink flowers over a long season.  The fall foliage is a spectacular maroon to dark, purple-red.

'Pocomoke' - The parents of this complex cross involve several generations
of hybrids of L. indica and L. fauriei -
A true miniature with deep-rose-pink flowers and high mildew-tolerance.  A container-grown plant has reached 19-inches-high by 35-inches-wide in 8 years.

'Prairie Lace' - A 1982 seedling of chemically-induced (seeds soaked for 1 hour in a 4% solution of ethylmethane sulfonate), mutant L. indica crepe myrtles -
A powdery-mildew-resistant, upright, semi-dwarf shrub to 6-feet-high with medium-pink petals bordered with a pure-white edge.  The fall foliage is red to orange-red.

'Sioux' - The parents of this 1974 cross, selected in 1979, were:  [L. indica 'Tiny Fire' X (un-named L. indica X L. fauriei seedling)] and [(L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) X L. indica 'Catawba'] -
An upright, tall shrub or small tree 16- to 18-feet-high, bearing intense, dark-pink flowers.  Its mature bark is a light to medium, grey-brown and its fall foliage is light maroon to bright red.

'Tonto' - The parents of this 1974 cross, selected in 1979, were: [(L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) X L. indica 'Catawba'] and L. X 'Tuscarora' -
It bears deep, fuchsia-red flowers and stays 6- to 8-feet-high, with an upright habit. The mature branches peel to reveal a cream- to taupe-mottled bark.  Fall foliage is bright-maroon.

'Townhouse' -  A selection of L. fauriei derived from seed collected by Dr. John Creech in 1956 at Kurio, Yakushima, Japan by the USDA New Crops Research Branch -
A 30-foot, multistemmed tree with extraordinary, peeling, dark wine-red bark.  It bears white flowers, has red-orange fall foliage and is very, cold-hardy.

'Tuscarora' - The parents of this 1967 cross, selected in 1971, were: L. X 'Basham's Party Pink' and L. indica 'Cherokee' -
A very, cold-sensitive, large shrub or small tree to 15-feet-high with dark, coral-pink flowers. The mature bark (if it ever forms it) should be light-brown.  Plant only in hardiness zone 9 or warmer.

'Tuskegee' - The parents of this cross were:  L. indica and L. fauriei -
This 12- to 16-foot-high shrub can also reach 16-feet-wide because of its pronounced horizontal branching.  It bears dark-pink to nearly-red flowers and has orange-red fall foliage.  Its bark is a mottled light and dark grey, identical to that of the Native Persimmon.

'Velma's Royal Delight' - Selected from one of six L. indica seedlings obtained from the Otto Spring Nursery (Okmulgee, Oklahoma) and grown by Velma McDaniel of Wichita, Kansas -
A slow-growing shrub to 6-feet-high and -wide with dark-magenta to brilliant- purple flowers.    It is one of the cold-hardiest, powdery-mildew-tolerant clones of L. indica.

'Wichita' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1975, were:  (L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) and [L. indica 'Firebird' X (un-named L. indica X L. fauriei seedling)] -
This tree bears light-magenta to lavender flowers and can reach 30-feet, or more, in height.  The spectacular, mottled bark is dark, russet-brown to almost dark-mahogany.  Fall foliar color ranges from russet to mahogany.

'Yuma' - The parents of this 1972 cross, selected in 1976, were: (L. indica 'Pink Lace' X L. fauriei) and L. X amabilis 'Makino' X [L. indica (hardy light pink) X L. indica (red)] -
This upright, large shrub with bicolored light- to medium-lavender flowers can grow 16-  to 20-feet-high.  It bears a mottled light-grey bark and produces dull, yellow-orange to russet to light mahogany fall foliage.

'Zuni' - The parents of this 1972 cross were:  (L. indica (dwarf red) X L. fauriei) and L. indica 'Low Flame' -
This rounded shrub will reach 12-feet-high and 10-feet-wide at maturity.  Its medium- lavender flowers are borne above small, glossy leaves which turn orange-red to dark-red in the fall.  The bark is a light brown-grey.

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