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Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea or Crape Myrtle Nivea, is a pretty deciduous shrub with frilly white flowers. It suits a mixed border and excels as a late flowering ornamental shrub.
Lagerstroemia Indica is native to Korea. It was introduced to Britain in 1759 and became better known here as a Crape Myrtle. There are many cultivars but the Nivea cultivar is a white flowering version with a sweet, delicate scent. In spring Crape Myrtle Nivea produces large dark green oval leaves that measure up to 8 inches in length. Flowers arrive in a flush of frilly bright white and are especially long-lasting – they arrive in late summer and finish in September, sometimes lasting even longer is the weather is warm. The blooms are large, up to 18 inches, and look like crepe paper hence the name crape myrtle. The flowers mature into seed capsules and leaves turn vibrant hues of red and orange before falling with the frosts. In winter its bark is attractive, often peeling to reveal lighter fresh bark beneath in mature specimens.
Height and Spread of Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea will reach a maximum height of three metres and spread over two metres. In hot conditions they may grow a little larger but are easily kept smaller with pruning.
How Hardy Is Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea Lagerstroemia Indica White Flowering is hardy down to sub-zero temperatures and has good resistance to pests and disease. Once established it can tolerate drought.
How To Use Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea Crape Myrtle Nivea is a stunning ornamental specimen shrub or tree for a mixed border or set on its own in the lawn. A group of crape myrtles in mixed colours or a simple row of white creates a bright, long flowering screen for the summer months. The bright flowers of crape myrtle white are attractive to pollinators so it’s a good addition to a wildlife-friendly garden too, and because Crape Myrtle Nivea flowers in August and September it’s a good shrub to extend the flowering season. Lagerstroemia Indica White Flowering is at its best when bedding plants and summer shrubs are starting to fade.
How To Care For Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea Lagerstroemia Indica Nivea White Flowering enjoys full sun and flowers best when it’s grown in a hot, sheltered spot. Grow yours against a sheltered sunny wall or fence line for the best effect. Crape Myrtle Nivea is not fussy about soil type, but it will grow faster in moist and fertile well-drained conditions. There is no need to prune Lagerstroemia, but if you need to restrict the height or width cut back branches in winter before foliage begins to appear. In spring apply a thick layer of mulch around the roots to provide nutrients for a healthy growing season.