Third Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) Bonsai Potted

This is the third and second to smallest Crape Myrtle of mine I had growing out in one of my wood grow-out boxes.  It was growing in 100% Turface and the roots became very nice and dense, perfect for transplanting into a bonsai pot.

Flathead Borer (Buprestidae) damage can be seen on the front from last year. All of the bark died in that section and the borers seemed to eat the cambium from under the bark. I will probably carve this out and make it hollow.

Some Van Aken clay, my cut paste, on the lower left side or the back of the bonsai where a large branch was allowed to grow to pull the trunk shape out a little there.

 

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4 thoughts on “Third Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) Bonsai Potted

  1. I live in a small townhouse with a small bcakyard. I’d like to plant a crepe myrtle in one of the corners close to the fence partly for shade, partly for having at least a one small tree in my small landscape. I am hoping that the flowers of the crepe myrtle will eventually grow above the fence line. Do you have any suggestion as to what type of crepe myrtle I should plant? Thanks!

    • Hmm, I would not go dwarf if you want it above the fence line. Otherwise when I think of crepe myrtle I think of bloom color differences not types, but I haven’t looked in depth as to what kinds there are. I have seen white, purple and pink mainly. I have seen kinds with different bark coloring. I definitely wouldn’t be the best source to help you with type. Other than dwarf I would think most can grow up to 10 maybe even 15 foot tall.

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