Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2003
Publication Date: 6/23/2004
Citation: Pooler, M. 2004. Latest Development in Crapemyrtle breeding at the U.S. National Arboretum. HortScience. v. 39(4) pg. 772. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia) is one of the most widely planted and beloved woody ornamental landscape plant in the Southern United States. With hundreds of named cultivars that offer the grower and gardener diverse combinations of flower color, growth habit, and bark characteristics, crapemyrtles are planted primarily for their spectacular bloom in mid to late summer. The crapemyrtle breeding program at the U.S. National Arboretum was started in the early 1960s, and has resulted in the release of 31 improved cultivars of L. indica, L. indica x fauriei, and most recently, L. indica x. L. fauriei x L. limii. The development of these cultivars, with a focus on the newly released red-flowering cultivars 'Arapaho' and 'Cheyenne', will be the focus of this poster. Information on Lagerstroemia germplasm, historical perspective, and breeding methodology and goals will be presented.