Furush or Crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica

Furush or Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica, family: Lythraceae) is a small deciduous tree or large shrub with hard branches from the family of Jarul attaining a height of 3-6 m. The bark is smooth, pinkish-grey and spotted, moulting each year. This beautiful flowering plant is very popular as a road-island tree in Bangladesh.

                        Common names: Furush, Crape myrtle, Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower.

Leaves shed each winter; new leaves grow early in the spring. Leaves are smooth-edged, circular or oval-shaped, and dark green.

Flowers, on different trees, are white, pink, light pink, mauve, red, purple, in panicles up to 9 cm. It gives flower from late summer to rainy season.

Young plants grow fairly quickly and will often flower in their first year after planting out. Propaga-tion of this magnificent shrub is caused by cuttings. 

It is so famous all over the tropical world that several varieties of it have been made. The bark, flower and leaf of lagerstroemia indica are used in different treatments.


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