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(Memphis Botanic Garden , The Garden Appeal Magazine, 28(2):4. Summer 1991): “In 1989 the Crapemyrtle ‘5570’, which is a hybrid white, proved to withstand the severe freeze. The late Dr. Donald Egolf, a former research horticulturist for the U.S. National Arboretum, had been interbreeding Crapemyrtle varieties and had come up with the ‘5570’ variety.”

[NOTE: The number ‘5570’ is a research number of the Shrub Breeding Research Unit, U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, DC, and was used to denote a particular original selection sent out for evaluation only.]

= ‘Dodd’s White’, ‘Hybrid White’, ‘Sarah’s Favorite’, ‘Sarah’s Hardy White’, ‘5570EL’.



 (D.R. Egolf, HortSci. 21(5):1250-1252. 1986): Deciduous, semipendulous, semidwarf, multiple stemmed shrub, 3 m high and 3.4 m wide at 15 yrs; trunk bark grey brown (Greyed Green 197B 2)prior to exfoliating to light grey (Greyed Brown 199D); young lvs. dark bronze tinted, becoming dark green, semiglossy, elliptic to obovate, 4-7 cm long and 2.5-3.5 cm wide, dull red to dark purple red in autumn; panicles 15-19 cm long, 9-13 cm wide, pendulous, long-tapered; fls. pure white with pronounced golden anthers; recurrent bloom from late June to Sept.; highly mildew tolerant under field conditions. Orig. in 1969 from a cross of L. indica ‘Pink Lace’ × (L. indica × L. fauriei sdlg.); sel. in 1972; intro. in 1986 by U.S. National Arboretum; NA 48472; PI 499815. Name registered May 1, 1992.


‘Alabama White’

(James C. Kell, Comp., Houston, TX. Crapemyrtles in Cultivation. 1990: Rev. 6/94. unpubl.): Multi-trunked, upright growth habit; more or less pyramidal panicles; white fls. Possibly the same as ‘Orbyn Atkins’ or ‘Byers Wonderful White’.



(Prince Nurs., Flushing, NY. Cat. p. 108. 1825): Fls. white.

= ‘Alba Perfecta’, ‘Albiflora’, ‘White’.



(Anderson, Hall & Co., Sydney, Australia. Cat. p. 66. 1872, without descr.): L. speciosa cv.


‘Alba Nana’

(Cornelius Nurs., Houston, TX. Cat. p. 4. 1957-58): Dwarf; fls. white. Probably the same as ‘Snowbaby’.


‘Alba Perfecta’

(Knull Floral Co., Tampa, FL. Cat. p. 18. 1921): Fls. pure white. Ibid. Cat. p. 23. 1924: Large infl., free flowering.

= ‘Alba’, ‘Albiflora’, ‘White’.



(J.E. Teysmann et S. Binnendijk, Cat. von ‘slands Plant. te Buiten. p. 241. 1866, without descr.).

= ‘Alba’, ‘Alba Perfecta’, ‘White’.



(Color French Nursery Label, Floraprint, France. undated): en instance de dépôt. Coloris rose vif, bel effet constant, et remontant. Végétation moyenne, port souple et retombant, Ce Lagerstroemia sera du plus bel effet présenté en pot, jardinière ou bac.




(Desmartis S.A., Bergerac , France. Cat. p. 30. 1990-91): [Depot 41/08 due 06/06/88 , C.O.V. (Certificat d’obtention Vegetale)]: Very supple weeping growth habit; very open, bright pink fls.; fls. from July to Sept.; when well established hardy to -18°C. Selected by M. Jacques Desmartis in 1961; trademark registered INPI June 2, 1988; intro. in 1989 by Desmartis S.A. Name registered April 5, 1993.

[NOTE: In accordance with the 1995 International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants, names that are trademarked are not valid cultivar names. Therefore, the registration of the cultivar name ‘Alienor D’Aquitaine’ is rescinded and the cultivar name ‘Desal 173’ is registered and approved as of January 1, 1996. International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants - 1995, Principle 6, p. 4. 1995].




(S. Percy-Lancaster, Proc. & Jour. Agr. Hort. Soc. India. p. 20. 1920): Fls. dark mauve, hybrid of L. indica × ’Purpurea’.



(Buds & Blooms Nurs., Brown Summit, NC. Flyer, Effective July 15, 1987): Brilliant red color; height semidwarf (3 to 6 feet). Ibid. Sum-Fl 1988: Brilliant red; semidwarf.

(Carroll Gdns., Westminster, MD. 91:1987): Brilliant ruby-red fls. borne in profusion. Rich dark green leathery foliage turns shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn. A hardy, upright cultivar growing 5-8' tall.

(James C. Kell, Comp.., Houston, TX. Crapemyrtles in Cultivation. 1990:Rev. 6/94, unpubl.): Originated at Five-M Nursery.


‘American Red’

(Andersen Horticultural Library’s Source List of Plants & Seeds, University of Minnesota, 4th Ed., pp.173-174. 1996, without descr., as available from Louisiana Nursery, Opelousas, LA).

= ‘America’ ?.


‘Andora White’

(Carl E. Whitcomb, Know It And Grow It, p. 204. 1975): Showy white ruffled fls. in dense cluster.



(D.R. Egolf, HortSci. 22(4):674-677. 1987): Deciduous, upright, multiple stemmed, large shrub or small tree, 3.8 m high and 2.6 m wide at 12 yrs; sinuous, mottled, exfoliating older branches and trunk reveal cinnamon to chestnut brown (Greyed Orange 164A 2) bark coloration; lvs. glossy, glabrous, at first slight bronzed, later subcoriaceous, dark green, elliptic to obovate, 6-9 cm long and 3-4.5 cm wide, dull orange to russet to dark red in autumn; panicles 14-24 cm long, 14-1-8 cm wide, tapered, branched, with 150-400 florets; fls. light lavender (Purple 76A), 2-3 cm in diameter with long-clawed, crinkled petals; blooms from mid-July to Sept.; highly mildew tolerant under field conditions. Orig. in 1972 from a cross of L. indica Azuka Dwarf Hybrid × L. fauriei; sel. in 1976; intro. in 1987 by U.S. National Arboretum; NA 54979; PI 499285. Name registered May 1, 1992.


‘Apple Blossom’

(Silver Bay Nurs., Daphne, AL. Cat. p. 20. 1950): Fls. delicate apple blossom, long panicles. Rhodamine Pink 527/2 1.

= ‘Apple Blossom Pink’, ‘Hardy Apple Blossom Pink’.


‘Apple Blossom Pink’

(Bradley Bros., Carbondale, IL. Cat. p. 27. 1944, without descr.).

= ‘Apple Blossom’, ‘Hardy Apple Blossom Pink’.



(American Nurseryman 198(12):32. 2003): Deciduous multi-stemmed tree with upright, broad vase-shaped habit, 6.5 meters high and 3.5 meters wide in 16 years; exfoliating bark on branches and trunk reveals light tan (RHS 165C) bark coloration; mature leaves glossy dark green (RHS 147A), 6-7 cm long and 3-4 cm wide, elliptic to obovate, and acute at the apex; flower panicles 17 cm long and 10 cm wide, with loosely-spaced dark magenta to red flowers (RHS 60B); highly tolerant to powdery mildew. Originated in 1989 from pedigree (L. 'Tuscarora' × (L. indica Red × L. indica 'Carolina Beauty')) × (L. limii × L. indica Asuka dwarf seedling). Selected in 1996; named and introduced in 2003 by the U.S. National Arboretum. NA68972; PI633034. Name registered August 30, 2005.



(American Nurseryman 174(12):90. Dec. 15, 1991, advertisement Dello Nurs., Inc.): pink.

(Kenneth O’Dell, Dello Nurseries, Inc., Somerville, TN. Pers. Comm. 2/8/93): Origin of original plant unknown; original plant located behind the City Hall, Arlington, TN. Kenneth O’Dell discovered/selected, named and intro. in 1985. Upright, medium fast grower. Foliage seems quite resistant to mildew in hot humid summers. Hot bubble gum pink fls., a very heavy bloomer. Holds up well in cold weather. Hardiness is USDA zone 7. Softwood cuttings root easily. No soil preference.


‘Asuka Dwarf Hybrids’

(Plants and seed received at U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, DC, 4-11-72, from Y. Tachibana, Osaka City University Botanic Garden, Osaka, Japan.): Hybrids developed by Mr. Inamoto of Asuka Garden who has been selecting dwarf types for a number of years. These he crossed with ‘Dwarf Lavender’. From these have originated the forms being grown for bedding and pot plants under the name ‘Crapemyrtlettes’.



(Prince Nurs., Flushing, NY. Cat. p. 107. 1825): Fls. crimson.

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