For much of the growing season, 'Cool Beans' functions as a superb foliage plant with dark olive green leaves covering its relatively short, round habit. The tips of the leaves are edged with rosy red. In late summer when the rest of the garden may be getting tired, this crapemyrtle comes into its own by bursting with color. Cool salmon pink flowers burst forth from rosy red buds on dark rosy red stems. The contrast between the foliage and the flower color is simply stunning. 'Cool Beans' is a member of the BARISTA® Collection, which means that it is hardy to at least zone 6 and blooms on new wood.
Crapemyrtle have long been a popular flowering shrub in the south, and it's time that these beautiful flowering shrubs made a splash in the Northern market! The hybridizing team at Walters Gardens, Inc. has worked hard toward selections that perform well in our West Michigan climate. All of the members of this collection bloom on new wood, so you can expect a great flowering performance year after year. Note to southern growers: all measurements are based on plant performance in Michigan. In warmer zones without winter die back, mature height will be taller.