Fantasy Red Crape Myrtles at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.

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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:21 pm

I thought you'd enjoy that Nebari. Smile






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Post  JimLewis on Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:16 pm

The sideways ones give me a crick in the neck, but yes, I do enjoy those bases. I like the bark patterns, too. Do you know the cultivar name?

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:20 pm

The colours are amazing.

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Post  my nellie on Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:35 pm

Do Lagerstroemias grow so much?!?!?! Shocked
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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:37 pm

I dont know the cultivar name actually. I can find out. I'm hoping to take some cuttings in the spring. These are the largest and oldest "fantasy red" crape myrtles growing outside of Japan. According to the arboretum anyway. The bark is amazing. These pictures were taken with a camera phone and they don't do it justice. here's another picture i found.

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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:17 pm

This is actually Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy'. It's different from the old fashioned L. indicas that are planted throughout the South. The species fauriei is much larger and faster growing than the indicas and produces small clumps of white flowers, but tons of them. They were actually crossed with the indicas by the USDA to produce hybrids like 'Natchez', and others named after Native American tribes. 'Natchez' looks much more like its fauriei parent.

'Fantasy' is the name of this particular selection of L. fauriei. Largest in the US? There are some very old ones on the campus of Mississippi State University, as well as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There are some really big ones here in Mobile too, but I've never compared them to anything.

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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:11 pm

Russell Coker wrote: Largest in the US? There are some very old ones on the campus of Mississippi State University, as well as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There are some really big ones here in Mobile too, but I've never compared them to anything.

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I was wondering about that myself. According to the NCSU website these were planted in the 1950's from seed. I can't wait to go get cuttings. They encourage people to come and get cuttings of any plant they have. These are really impressive in person. They're beautiful trees.

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:52 pm

Sam,

If you look around you may find some seedlings in the beds nearby, if they aren't mulched too heavily. They should also have plenty of seed capsules on them now - if you can reach them.

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