Pic of the Day – Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Filli’

well this one is truly red red, hope they can increase the hardiness of crapes so more people up north can feel like they have some connection to the south.

JC Raulston Arboretum

The late Fleming brothers had a serious case of zone denial – in the frozen tundra of Nebraska they bred hibiscus and crepe myrtles.  Their primary goal of course was increased hardiness.  This selection of crepe myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Filli’, is about as hardy as you can get in the genus.  Reports from up north say this plant is hardy as a die-back shrub to zone 4.  I’m betting that is with a whole lot of mulch.  We were also told that it would grow like a ground cover 18″ tall by 36″ or more wide.  It may grow like that in Nebraska but here in crepe myrtle country at the JC Raulston Arboretum, it is forming a small, multi-stemmed shrub.  In the 5 years we’ve been growing it, ‘Red Filli’ has become a 4′ shrub that begins flowering early with big clusters of bright pink flowers.  The foliage…

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