Leaf Foliages: Oblong 8 cm / 3 inches long. Green. Juvenile leaves are bronze. Privet-like. Brown/grey bark.
Location and Light Conditions: Full sun for best results. Prefers sheltered location. South or West facing. Grow against a wall in colder areas to help prevent damage from frost.
Suitable Soil Types: Well drained. Loam, clay, sand
Suitable Soil pH: Any
Soil Soil Moisture: Medium
Sowing, planting, and Propagation: Cultivate in a fertile soil. Sow seeds in the spring (10°C / 50°F). Grows well from cuttings (softwood: late spring; or Semi-ripe: summer.
Care: Light pruning to keep tidy and free of disease. Use a slow release fertilizer as overly fertile soils may result in greater leaf production but poorer flowering and greater vulnerability to winter damage. Susceptible to mildew and fungal diseases - resistant hybrids are available.
Best used for: Courtyards, wall-side borders, Patio, parks, Containers, Low maintenance gardens.
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Miscellaneous: Many species have attractive peeling bark. Takes about 20 to 50 years to achieve full height. Named after the Swedish botanist Magnus von Lagerstroem.