‘Muskogee’ is one of several mildew resistant hybrids (crosses betweenL. indicaandL. fauriei) that were developed by the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. and given the names of Native American Indian tribes. 'Muskogee' was hybridized in 1964 and introduced into commerce in 1978. It is a large, deciduous, upright-spreading, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with a vase-shaped crown that primarily features (1) glossy, elliptic to oblong, dark green leaves (to 4" long) that turn red-orange in fall, (2) terminal inflorescences (to 10” long) of crepe-papery, light lavender-pink flowers that bloom from early/mid-summer to early fall, and (3) gray to tan bark which exfoliates with age. Flowers give way to round seed capsules which often persist well into winter. In the deep South, this cultivar can easily be grown as a shrub or small tree to 15-25’ tall. In the St. Louis area where winter injury may occur, plants will grow smaller.