THE CHANGING WORLD OF CRAPEMYRTLE
Wonderful work to change the world of Lagerstroemia is being carried out at the U.S. National Arboretum, Washington D.C., by Dr. Donald Egolf. His effort, begun in the 1960’s is coming into fruition with the introduction of new and exciting choices featuring beautiful flowers, handsome exfoliating bark, many different habits of growth, and badly needed disease resistance.
Byers Nursery Company has been involved with this work since the 1950s, before the first four selections were distributed to the industry. The comments I make today are my own opinion and the result of 30 years of observations and conversations, not the result of carefully designed, scholarly experimentation.
The new selections I am discussing today are all Lagerstroemia indica × fauriei hybrids. These crosses were made possible when Dr. John Creech of the National Arboretum staff found wild specimens of Lagerstroemia fauriei in the mountains of Japan in 1957 and brought home the potential for many new and varied
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