Trunk - Very attractive with smooth gray or light brown bark that flakes off to reveal dramatic, smooth pinkish inner bark.
Foliage - Spring foliage is light green tinged bronze red. Mature leaves are 1 - 2" long, oval, deep glossy green. Fall foliage varies with cultivars from yellow to orange and red.
Flowers/fruit - Crinkly 1 1/2" flowers, borne in slightly conical clusters 6 - 12" long at ends of branches. Colors vary from white through pinks, reds and purples, June through September, with very showy flowers for the long summer blooming period. Clusters of seed capsules, borne on twiggy end branches persist through winter.
Cultivars -Over 30 cultivars are available. Some are more resistant to mildew than others. L. indica x L. fauriei has been used successfully in areas with coastal influence.
Significant pest problem can be powdery mildew.
Clearances - Suitable for 2' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts. Suitable under utility lines.
for street sides, medians, and parks and lawns.