Outstandingly good peeling patchwork bark, showing shades of burnt-orange, rust, cinnamon and deep-brown-red plus other colours/shades depending on season; this is thought to be the richest coloured of any crepe-myrtle. Elegant slim leaves held on layered, spreading branches from a vase shaped potentially multistemmed trunk. White flowers in late summer. Preferring sun and warmth, this is much hardier than L. indica and very drought tolerant. All effort should be made to try this exceptional small deciduous tree from S. Japan. Introduced to the UK by Pan Global'.