Source: AgriLife Today
Crape myrtles have been one of the most popular ornamental plants in the U.S. since they were introduced around 1790 by the French botanist Andre Michaux, said Dr. Bill Welch, landscape horticulturist in College Station. A Texas-born variety – Basham’s Party Pink – is being promoted as a new Texas Superstar for its disease resistance, vigor and colorful display. Basham’s Party Pink is best utilized as an ornamental flowering tree or small shade tree near patios and outdoor entertainment areas. The tree is tolerant of all soils, except very alkaline soil, as long as it drains well. To help reduce foliar disease problems, plant trees in mostly sunny areas where there is good air movement. Avoiding direct irrigation spray on the tree’s foliage will also reduce disease incidence and reduce the potential for foliar damage where salty irrigation water is a problem.
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