University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:

Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

This freely branching, erect, deciduous shrub or small tree has simple, entire leaves, which are subopposite in arrangement, and oblong-elliptic to rounded in shape. The new growth is pubescent underneath and has square pinkish stems. The flowers are borne in terminal and axillary panicles. They have fringed petals to 1 1/4 inches long. Flower colors are white, pink, red or purple. The fruits are brown, globular capsules to ½-inch.