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Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Cordon Bleu'

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Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Cordon Bleu') at Riverbend Nurseries

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle flowers

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle flowers

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Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Cordon Bleu') at Riverbend Nurseries

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle in bloom

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle in bloom

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle, Cordon Blue, Louisa


This attractive miniature ornamental shrub is covered in lovely lavender-blue blooms in summer, followed by red, orange, and gold fall foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle is smothered in stunning panicles of lavender frilly flowers with blue overtones at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn harvest gold in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cordon Bleu Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features