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Osage Pink Crape Myrtle
Osage's produces an abundance of gorgeous bright pink flowers throughout most of summer. What's really unique about Oage is the exfoliating bark is intermingled colors of chestnut reddish-brown, light gray, slate gray, ivory, and tan providing wonderful winter interest. Get all the details below!

Osage Pink Crape Myrtle

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Osage Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Osage'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Crape Myrtle variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

'Osage' is one of the famous 'Fauriei Hybrid' Crape Myrtle which are totally resistant to powdery mildew disease. Osage's glossy, rich-green foliage provides a wonderful backdrop for the gorgeous 6-7 inch long clusters of bright pink flowers attached to arching branches throughout most of summer and in to fall. The beautiful fall leaf color is shades of red. The exfoliating bark is intermingled colors of chestnut reddish-brown, light gray, slate gray, ivory, and tan providing wonderful winter interest after the leaves drop in mid to late fall.

No more problems with powdery mildew! Because Osage is a 'Fauriei Hybrid', it is totally resistant to powdery mildew; an unsightly disease which shows up during summer as a white powdery substance that covers the leaves on many other types of crape myrtle.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 10-12 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide, Osage Crape Myrtle is a mid-size selection ideal for smaller to medium garden spaces and large containers. It can be grown as a shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree, which makes it an excellent choice for use as a single, focal point specimen or accent in sunny home foundation plantings, landscaped islands, landscape borders, or to mark entryways or corners. Also makes a very colorful hedge and is spectacular in groupings. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings, this is one plant that is sure to stand out in the landscape. A fine addition to pink color theme gardens.

Spacing:  6 to 8 feet apart for solid hedge; 16 feet apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Osage Crape Myrtle is very easy to grow. It is not picky about soil type provided the soil is well-drained. A moist but well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Full sun is preferred and results in heavier flower production. Light shade is tolerated but flowering will be diminished in more shade. Has shown excellent resistance to powdery mildew and is quite drought tolerant when established.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Crape Myrtle trees.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree, Fauriei Hybrid
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  8-10'
Spacing:  6-8' for solid hedge, 16'+ for space in between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad Canopy, Rounded Canopy, Arching
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Pink
Flowering Period:  Early to Mid-Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Glossy Green
Fall Foliage Color:  Shades of Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Gray, Tan, Chestnut Brown, Ivory
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Moderate Drought, Heat





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