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CULTIVARS AND NAMES OF LAGERSTROEMIA

RASPBERRY - RUBRUM

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RASPBERRY
(Spring Hill Nurs., Tipp City , OH . Cat. p. 12. Sp. 1970): Fls. purple. Descriptive term not intended as a cultivar name.

RASPBERRY SUNDAE™
(Carl E. Whitcomb, Information Sheet, 7/29/91): Selected from over 65,000 seedlings. The base of the flower petal is raspberry red while the outer portion is white. Flower heads large, showy. Flowering begins later than normal; under Oklahoma conditions, it begins early August and continues until cool weather stops growth.. Plants have not set seed. Growth habit is a dense pyramidal upright; branching is prolific-an excellent tree form with a minimum of pruning and staking. Lvs. are medium green and smaller than the typical species. Leaf retention is very good, with plants 3' tall having a dense foliage mass such that no individual branches can be seen. RASPBERRY SUNDAE™ experienced no dieback in the field from winter temperature of -5oF, -2oF, and 0oF, but was killed to near the soil line at -13F. Spring regrowth was rapid and normal. In Oklahoma and Texas powdery mildew has not been a problem; aphid susceptibility unknown; flea beetle damage has occurred. Cuttings root quickly and easily, whether softwood, semi-hardwood, or hardwood. Expected to apply for a plant patent.
(David Byers, Crapemyrtle A Grower’s Thoughts, p. 80. 1997): Each bloom is pinkish-red with a white edge, from which the name “sundae” comes. In full sun and hot summer days, the variegated flowers tend to be more red than pink. It has dark burgundy foliage and the habit it tall and columnar. Whitcomb says he has found terminal cuttings more often grow a plant with a central leader. Some powdery mildew in North Alabama but reported to be mildew free in Oklahoma and Florida. It blooms heavily in the hottest years. It will grow to about fifteen feet tall and has been exposed to -5F winter cold with hardly any damage. Like most crapemyrtle it roots and transplants very easily. Whitcomb named it Lagerstroemia indicaWHIT I and added the trademarked name RASPBERRY SUNDAE™. This addition to the crapemyrtle world was patented and introduced in 1996.
(Dr. Carl Whitcomb, Lacebark Inc., Stillwater, OK. “Five New Crapemyrtle”, undated, unpubl. sheet received May, 1999 at U.S. National Arboretum, Washington , DC ): Lagerstroemia indica WHIT I, RASPBERRY SUNDAE™ CRAPEMYRTLE. U.S. Plant Patent #10297.
= WHIT I.

RED
(Searl & Sons, Sydney , Australia . cat. p. 40. 1905, without descr.).
(A. W. Steinbring, New Braunfels , TX . Cat. p. 12. 1922): Fls. rich red.
= RUBRA, MAGENTA, RUBIS, RUBRUM.

RED BEAUTY
(O.S. Gray Nurs., Arlington , TX . Cat. p. 8. 1954): Fls. watermelon red; panicles long; practically free of mildew.
= GRAY’S RED BEAUTY, GRAYWAY.

RED FLAME
(Tennessee Nurs., Cleveland , TN. Cat. cover. 1967): Dwarf; fls. exceptional red.

RED IMPERATOR
(Andre Briant Jeunes Plants, Saint-Barthelemy D’Anjou, France. 24:Tarif general, Saison 1995-1996, without descr.)

RED ROCKET™
(Dr. Carl Whitcomb, Lacebark Inc., Stillwater , OK . “Five New Crapemyrtle”, undated, unpubl. sheet received May, 1999, at U.S. National Arboretum, Washington , DC ): PPAF. Cherry red fls. in huge cone-shaped clusters. Fl. clusters may be 20 in. or more in length. Fl. buds are dark crimson. New lvs. crimson, quickly changing to dark green. Fall color orange. Current season’s shoots are also crimson, providing a contrast to the green foliage. Seed production is modest; seed viability is low. Growth habit: single or multiple stem, very large shrub or small tree, 20 ft. or more in height; vigorous upright grower with only moderate horizontal branching. Very drought tolerant. Cold hardy to -5 to -8F. Highly resistant to powdery mildew. Grows and flowers best when NOT pruned back in winter. Flowering is best in full sun.
= WHIT IV.

RED SNOWFLAKE
(Kay Sallee, “A Rainbow of Colors”, Nursery Manager 4(3):68. Mar. 1988): “There also are varieties of crapes with pink and red blossoms whose frilly individual petals are edged with lacy white: PINK SNOWFLAKE and RED SNOWFLAKE.” Article on Five-M Nursery.
(James C. Kell, Comp.., Houston, TX. Crapemyrtles in Cultivation. Rev. 6/94. unpubl.): Flowers red picotee (rich dark garnet) with occasional white edge, fading to medium pink; summer. 12' high; multi-trunked.

RED SPORT
(Glen Saint Mary Nurs., Glen Saint Mary , FL. Cat. p. 2. 1939): Lvs. 3 or 4 times larger than normal L. indica, foliage mutation; fls. red. Selected at Glen Saint Mary Nurs.

RED STAR
(Tankard Nurs., Exmore , VA. Cat. p. 14. 1954-55): Fls. deep red,panicles long. Tyrian Rose 24 1. Clone received from Texas and intro. by Tankard Nurs.
= WATERMELON RED, BRIGHT RED, DEEP PINK, WATERMELON PINK.

REGAL RED
(Byers Nurs., Huntsville , AL . Cat. p. 4. 1976-77): Upright; deep red; vigorous grower. Chance seedling sel. and intro. in 1972 by Marcus D. Byers, Byers Nurs. Name registered November 9, 1976.

REGIA
(Prince Nurs., Flushing , NY . Cat. p. 14. 1860): Fls. fine red.
= REGINA.

REGINA
(William Rollisson & Sons, London , England . Cat. p. 11. 1855, without descr.).
(Peter Henderson, New York , NY . Cat. p. 92. 1880): Vigorous growth habit; fls. rich carmine.
= REGIA.

REGINAE ORCHID
(Monrovia Nurs., Azusa , CA . Cat. p. 20. 1956): Great spikes of light lavender fls. Orig. as hybrid of L. speciosa x indica. L. x matthewsii cv.

RHAPSODY™
(Plants received at U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, DC, 12-21-90 from Bear Creek Gardens, Somis, CA.)
(Byers Wholesale Nursery, Inc., Meridianville, AL. Undated promotional brochure with color picture and description, procured 1/4/95): A spreading variety that grows as wide as tall...to about 3½ to 4 feet. Beautiful raspberry-colored blooms. Drought resistant. (PPAF). Jackson & Perkins™Dwarf Crapemyrtle.

RICHARDSON’S WHITE
(D.R. Egolf and A.O. Andrick, The Lagerstroemia Handbook/Checklist, AABGA, p. 60, 1978): Fls. white. Variety of white crapemyrtle found by the Chase Nurs., Chase, AL, growing in the yard of Mr. Frank P. Richardson, Mooresvile, AL; has been grown by Chase Nurs. for many years.

ROSA
(Harry E. Saier, Dimondale , MI . Cat. p. 103. 1960, without descr.) Ibid. Car. p. 31. 1969: Fls. rose. L. speciosa cv.

ROSE
(Glen Saint Mary Nurs., Glen Saint Mary, FL. Cat. p. 60. 1924): Fls. old rose, abundant.
= ROSEA, ROSEA ELEGANS.

ROSE
(Louisiana Nurs., Opelousas , LA. 74:1987-1988): Pretty rose colored bloom heads in profusion.

ROSE PINK
(Tom Dodd Nurs., Semmes , AL . W.P.L. 7:1981-1982): Rose pink.

ROSEA
(Bot. Cab. 18:1765. 1831, as L. indica rosea): Fls. rose.
(Johann O. Voigt, Hort. Sub. Calcuttensis. p. 131. 1845, as L. indica  rosea): Fls. very deep rose.
= ROSE, ROSEA ELEGANS.

ROSEA ELEGANS
(Haage & Schmidt, Erfurt , Germany . Cat. p. 65. 1966, without descr.).
= ROSEA, ROSE.

ROSEA FLORIBUNDA
(Angel Peluffo, Buenos Aires , Argentina . Cat. p. 128. 1902?, without descr.).

ROSEA GRANDIFLORA
(Angel Peluffo, Buenos Aires , Argentina . Cat. p. 128. 1902?, without descr.).

ROSEA NANA
(Chase Nurs., Chase , AL . Cat. p. 17. 1937-38): Dwarf; fls. pink.
= NANA ROSEA, DWARF PINK.

ROSEA NOVA
(Primo Baldacci & Figli, Pistoia , Italy . Cat. p. 18. Aut. 1958): Fls. rose.

ROSEA PENDULA
(Aldridge Nurs., Von Ormy , TX . Cat. p. 22. 1965-66):Shrubby, spreading, grows broader than tall, branches become weeping at heights above 4 ft; lvs. dense, fls. rose pink. Orig. as chance seedling selected about 1945, name and intro. in 1946 by Gus Lingner, Lingner Nurs., San Antonio , TX .
= WEEPING PINK, PENDULA, PROSTRATA.

ROSEY CARPET
(U.S. Plant Patent #13965): Deciduous compact shrub to 4 to 12 in tall and 36 to 48 in wide after 4 years; leaves 20 to 30 mm long and 10 to 15 mm wide, young leaves emerge and mature Green 138A on upper surface and Yellow-Green 146B on the lower surface; inflorescences 8 to 11 cm long and 5 to 7 cm wide with 7 to 20 flowers, flowers 2 to 3 cm tall and 3 to 4 cm wide, emerge and mature Red-Purple 61C.  Originated as seed in 1997 from Okmulgee, Okla. (Greenleaf Nursery Co. Catalog, 2013-2014): “Rose-pink blooms cover this groundcover Crapemyrtle. Profuse flower blossoms, and an extended flowering period add to the unusual characteristics of this plant that grows 3 to 4 feet wide and only to a height of 4 to 12 inches with substantially no vertical growth at full maturity.”  Named and introduced by Robert E. Hambuchen and Betty Hambuchen.  Name registered January 29, 2014.
=’PROSTRATA ROSEY CARPET’

ROYAL PINK
(Monrovia Nurs., Azusa , CA . Cat. p. 61. 1971): Large shrub or small tree; lvs. Extra large, bright green; fls. rich pink. L. speciosa cv.

ROYAL PURPLE
(A.F. Sanford Arb., Knoxville , TN. Cat. & Plt. List p. 68. 1930, without descr.).

ROYAL VELVET™
(David Byers, Crapemyrtle A Grower’s Thoughts, p. 80. 1997): The newest cultivar from the work of Dr. Carl Whitcomb is this drought-tolerant, vigorous-growing choice. He describes it as a large multiple-stem shrub that has proven winter hardy to -5F in Oklahoma. Lagerstroemia indica WHIT III has burgundy new growth that slowly fades to purplish green. Flowering begins with crimson buds opening to bright pink flowers early in the summer.
(Dr. Carl Whitcomb, Lacebark Inc., Stillwater, OK. “Five New Crapemyrtle”, undated, unpubl. sheet received May, 1999 at U.S. National Arboretum): The name ROYAL VELVET® was crossed out and printed above it in pen was the notation “New TM Name = PINK VELOUR”. Lagerstroemia indica WHIT III, U.S. Plant Patent #10319. Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree reaches a height of 10 ft. or more; develops more secondary branches naturally. Lvs. are thick and leathery. Fall color is orange/brown. In Oklahoma, flowering begins early July and continues to frost. Very drought tolerant. Roots easily from softwood cuttings. Highly resistant to powdery mildew.
= WHIT III, PINK VELOUR®.

ROYALTY
(Inter-State Nurs., Hamburg, IA. Cat. p. 11. Sp. 1963): Fls. royal purple. Orig. as chance dwarf seedling selected and named in 1960, trademarked in State of Texas , and intro.. in 1963 by J.B. Fitzpatrick, Texas Nurs., Sherman , TX . Name registered April 30, 1974.
= DWARF ROYALTY.

RUBIS
(Howard-Hickory Co., Hickory , NC . Cat. p. 29. Fl. 1931): Upright, small tree or large shrub; fls. red.
= RUBRA, MAGENTA, RED, RUBRUM.

RUBRA
(Moon, Mahlon & Son, Morrisville , PA. Cat. p. 11. 1874): Fls. red.
= MAGENTA, RED, RUBIS, RUBRUM.

RUBRA COMPACTA
(Angel Peluffo, Buenos Aires , Argentina . Cat. p. 128. 1902?. without descr.).
= DWARF RED, NANA RUBRA.

RUBRA COOLIDGEI
(Coolidge Rare Plant Gdns., Pasadena, CA Cat. p.11. 1948-49, without descr.).

RUBRA GRAYI
(Gray Nurs., Elverta , CA . Cat. p. 2. 1950-51, without descr.).
= GRAY’S RED.

RUBRA MAGNIFICA
(Pépinières Jean Rey, Carpentras , France . 29:Automne. 1990:Tarif General): red purple.

RUBRA NANA
(Ozark Nurs., Tahlequah , OK . Cat. #3065. P. 43. 1965): William Toovey Crapemyrtle.
= WM. TOOVEY.

RUBRA REO
(F. Lagomarsino & Sons, Sacramento , CA . Cat. p.93. 1928): Fls. bright red.

RUBRA SPENDENS
(Angel Peluffo, Buenos Aires , Argentina . Cat. p. 128. 1902?, without descr.).

RUBRUM
(H.J. Weber & Sons Nurs., St. Louis , MO. Cat. p. 28. 1925): Dwarf; fls. crimson.
= RUBRA, MAGENTA, RED, RUBIS.

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COMPILED BY RUTH L. DIX -- December 1, 1999 -- U.S. National Arboretum
Posted to U.S. National Arboretum Website January 6, 2005 -- Revised May 25, 2005

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