CULTIVARS AND NAMES OF LAGERSTROEMIA
OKLAHOMA SPRING - OZARK SPRING
(Herbarium Specimen, U.S. National Arboretum Herbarium, Washington, DC): Labeled Lagerstroemia indica L. ‘Oklahoma Spring’ (ARK 61-7-1).
(A.E. Einert, University of Arkansas, Pers. Com. 4/25/73 ): Originally planned to name cultivar ‘Oklahoma Spring’ but changed it to ‘Ozark Spring’.
= ‘Ozark Spring’.
(D.R. Egolf and A.O. Andrick, The Lagerstroemia Handbook/Checklist A Guide to Crapemyrtle Cultivars, p. 55. 1978): Semi-dwarf; fls. deep dark red; hardy through zone 6b. Orig. as seedling selected in 1974 by Otto Spring, Okmulgee, OK. Named and intro. in 1974 by Tom Dodd, Jr., Tom Dodd Nurs., Semmes, AL. Name registered November 5, 1974.
(Grandview Nurs., Youngsville, LA. Cat. p. 19. 1963-64): Fls. pure white.
(Earl E. Vallot, Grandview Nursery, Youngsville, LA., Pers. Com. 2/19/74): “We acquired stock of a cultivar called PURE WHITE, called so because of the total absence of pink in the flower. We had been growing a white Lagerstroemia which has been in this area for years. This was an extremely large clustered type with a tinge of pink - due to the pink of petiole of the flower. To distinguish the two, we just arbitrarily called it ‘Old White’.
(Mrs. J. Donald Walp, Dallas, TX. Pers. Com. 9/14/70): White fls. With inflorescences 15-18 in. long, tree form, 20 ft. high with a similar spread. Misspelled as ‘Orbin Adkins’, ‘Orbin Atkins’.
= ‘Orbin Adkins’, ‘Orbin Atkins’.
(A.F. Sanford Arb., Knoxville, TN. Cat. & Plt. List p. 68. 1930, without descr.).
= ‘Orchid Lavender’ ?.
(Aldridge Nurs., Von Ormy, TX. Cat. p. 19. 1960-61): Upright; lvs. deep green; fls. Light orchid with a touch of white. Orig. as chance seedling selected in 1947, named in 1948, and intro. in 1949 by R.C. Aldridge, Jr., Aldridge Nurs.
(U.S. Plant Patent #18646): Deciduous compact shrub to 16 to 24 in tall and 40 to 48 in wide after 3 to 4 years; leaves 25 to 70 mm long and 12 to 36 mm wide, young leaves emerge and mature Green 137A on upper surface and Green 137D on the lower surface; inflorescences 9 to 11 cm tall and 7 to 9 cm wide with 12 to 20 flowers, flowers 1.7 cm long and 1.5 in wide, emerge Violet 84A, transition to 84B, then 84C, and 84D before dehiscing. Originated from in a bed of rooted cuttings of an unnamed L. indica seedling. (Greenleaf Nursery Co. Catalog, 2013-2014): “Orchid-lavender blooms cascade down to the ground in summer on this compact plant that grows only 12 to 16 inches high by 3 to 4 feet wide. The second outstanding Crapemyrtle developed by B. Hambuchen Nursery.” Named and introduced by Robert E. Hambuchen and Betty Hambuchen. Name registered January 29, 2014.
(Ashford Park Nurs., Atlanta, GA. Cat. p. 15. 1923): Fls. orchid lavender or purple, fades to light lavender.
= ‘Orchard Lavender’?.
(Andersen Horticultural Library’s Source List of Plants & Seeds, University of Minnesota, 4th Edition. 1996:pp. 173-174, without descr., L. indica variety, as available from G.S. Grimes Seeds, Concord, OH.)
(D.R. Egolf, HortSci. 22(4):674-677. 1987): Deciduous, semi-pendulous, multiple-stemmed, large shrub or small tree; old branches and trunk chestnut brown Greyed Orange 175C to 177B 2); lvs. elliptic to obovate, 7-10 cm long and 2.5-3.5 cm wide, dark green (Green 137A above and Yellow Green 146C beneath), in autumn red (Red 45A) to dark red (Red 46A); infl. semi-pendulous, 15-20 cm long and 10-15 cm wide with clear pink (Red Purple 62A to 62C, 62D) fls., mass floral blooming from June to September; mildew resistant; hardy zone 7b; orig. in 1972 from the hybridization of (L. indica ‘Dwarf Red’ × L. fauriei) × (L. indica ‘Pink Lace’ × L. fauriei); selected in 1976; intro. in 1987 by U.S. National Arboretum; NA 54980; PI 499826. Name registered May 1, 1992.
(C.E. Whitcomb, C. Gray, and B. Cavanaugh, HortSci. 19(5):737-738. 1984): This name was mentioned in HortScience article, “PRAIRIE LACE Crapemyrtle”, without description. The cultivar ‘Ozark Spring’ was also mentioned so I do not believe that these two are the same thing.
(R.E. Harrison, Handbook of trees and shrubs for the Southern Hemisphere, 2nd ed., p. 202. 1959): L. indica ‘Ovalifolia’. Fls. deep rich heliotrope.
= L. ovalifolia Teysm. & Binn.
(A.E. Einert and V.M. Watts, Ark. Farm Research XXII(3):3. 1973): Semi-dwarf, upright, rather open-branched shrub, average height of 76 cm following dormant pruning; lvs. elliptic, above Green 137B 2, beneath Yellow Green 146C, 2.8-4.5 cm long, 1.8-2.5 cm wide, new terminal shoots reddish, sheds lvs. earlier than other cultivars; panicles 6.5 cm long, 9 cm wide, fl. buds pink, fls. mid-June, average 27 per panicle, 3.5 cm diam., lavender (Purple 76A), claw red (Red 54A), fades to nearly white (White 155B); hardy zone 7, may be killed to ground in zone 6; high powdery mildew resistance. Orig. in 1961 by Victor M. Watts, Fayetteville, AR. Intro. in 1973 by A.E. Einert, Fayetteville , AR. Name registered May 17, 1973. Misspelled as ‘Ozark Springs’, ‘Ozard Spring’.
= ‘Ozark Springs’, ‘Ozard Spring’.
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CULTIVARS AND NAMES OF LAGERSTROEMIA
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