Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit I' Cultivar U.S. Plant Patent # 10297
Raspberry Sundae® has raspberry red flowers with white margins. New growth is bronze, then medium green. Upright, nearly columnar from to 15 feet. Moderate mildew resistance. Somewhat fragrant. Best fall color or 'Whit' Series.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent # 10296.
This is the first true red tree form crapemyrtle.Still regarded as the best red crape myrtle. Cherry red flowers in full sun and hot conditions. (Clouds or shade will reduce red intensity and flecks of white may appear.) New growth is crimson, then green. Upright form to 15 feet. High mildew resistance but may develop anthactnose (yellowing leaves) under severe conditions.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit III' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent # 10319.
Pink Velour® has shrill pink flowers and distinct dark wine foliage which peaks in the spring. Large shrub or small tree of 12 feet or more. High mildew resistance. Very showy foliage provides wine landscape color before blooming.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent # 11342
Cherry red flowers with hot, sunny conditions. Like Dynamite®, also loses red intensity and may fleck white when cool and cloudy. New growth is crimson, then dark green. Upright form to 15 feet. Fastest growing 'Whit' red. High mildew and anthractnose resistance. Huge flower clusters up to 24" tall. May repeat bloom more than Dynamite®.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit V' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent # 11312
Tightwad Red® is the first true dwarf crapemyrtle with "Madder red" flowers (lighter under cool, cloudy conditions.) Flowers are sterile and produce no distracting seed pods. Plants grow as a dense half-circle mound with little or no pruning required. The low mound form continues with age. New leaves are wine/red quickly changing to purplish green, then to dark steely green. Leaves are about 1/4 to 1/2 the size of normal crapemyrtle. High mildew resistance.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit VI' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent #14438 P2
White flowers with yellow stamens, but pinkish under cool conditions. New growth is wine, then wine/green when flowering. Broad, upright growth, reaching 5 feet or more in one growing season. Mature height may reach 12 feet. High mildew resistance. Flowers early July and continues until first frost. Showy burgundy flower buds.
'Whit VII' Cultivar U.S. Plant Patent # 14975 P3 "Oxblood red" flowers are distinctly darker red than Dynamite® or Red Rocket®. Darkness/intensity of red is less effected by cool, cloudy conditions. New growth is wine, then quickly changes to dark green. The slowest grower of the 'Whit' reds but may reach 3 feet in one growing season in a 3-5 gallon container. May reach 10 feet at maturity. High mildew resistance. Darkest red flowers yet.
'Whit VIII' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent #16616
The first of the Play it Again® Collection. Reblooms on same panicle. Soft pink flowers. New growth is almost purple and persists most of the season. Upright form to 12 feet. High mildew resistance. Distinctly unique landscape appearance with soft pink flowers against nearly purple foliage. Sterile.
'Whit IX' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent #23,559
The second in the Play It Again® Collection. Unique phenomenon where it continues to rebloom on same panicle, without requiring new growth of a new shoot. Sterile, ruby red flowers and exceptionally early flower production. Unique growth habit and size, larger than true dwarf cultivars, but not likely to exceed 6 to 8 feet after many years.
‘Whit X’ PP27085
The latest Play It Again® series of sterile crapemyrtle, which reblooms, over and over, on the same panicle with cherry red flowers uninterrupted for over 100 days in Oklahoma. Double Dynamite® has dramatic wine new growth that darkens with age, a branched growth habit, height of 8-10 feet, resistant to leaf spot and powdery mildew. Bred Oklahoma Tough®.
Betula Nigra 'Whit XXV' Cultivar
U.S. Plant Patent #16573 P3
Creamy-white bark during late summer, fall, and winter which develops early, when most stems are about 1.0" in diameter. Moderately sized dark green leaves that turn gold in fall. Exhibits good vigor and drought tolerance under Oklahoma conditions. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9.
Acer saccharum subspecies Caddo Whit XLIX' Cultivar PPAF
Leathery dark green leaves during growing season. Spectacular fall color. Stout branching upright form. Drought tolerant. Hardiness Zone 5 through 9.
Does NOT bloom! But yet still brings color to a landscape.
Watch for this reblooming show off in garden centers!
Dwarf, tight flower show!
Another unique plant!
Narrated by Dr. Carl Whitcomb himself, this is just part of the history, growing methods, and evaluation used to arrive at the select 'Whit' Cultivars Collection of crapemyrtle such as Dynamite, Red Rocket, and Pink Velour.
A few key points from Dr. Whitcomb's Field Day. Ask about the DVD for this filmed educational event.
Here are some of the crapemyrtle evaluation fields for the Whit Cultivars Collection.
High above blooming althea or rose-of-sharon at some Lacebark Research Farm fields.