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Monday, August 6, 2012

Showstopper Plant: 'POCOMOKE' CRAPE MYRTLE

Pocomoke Crape Myrtle, by John Vining

Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei “Pocomoke”
Hardiness zones: 7 to 9

"Truly amazing" are words often used to describe the dwarf “Pocomoke” crape myrtle. Released by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1998, this cultivar of crape myrtle features deep rose-pink flowers in mid- to late summer. Perhaps its most striking attribute is its mature height: Pocomoke only grows 20 inches tall, with a spread of 35 inches.

Pocomoke thrives under the same cultural conditions as a typical crape myrtle. Plant it in full sun to ensure a beautiful floral display in July and August. This drought- and disease-tolerant plant needs a spacing of 3 feet between shrubs.

Like all crape myrtles, Pocomoke is a deciduous shrub that drops its foliage each autumn. Ideally suited for residential settings, Pocomoke can be included in large mass plantings or in small groups to create a low-growing hedge. If seasonal color and a low-growing mature height are important to you, then this is the showstopper plant for your garden.

- John Vining, Polk Co.

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