Crape Myrtle

  • Overview. Deciduous. Prefers full sun. Long blooming period in the Summer (2 - 4 months). Bears showy clusters of flowers in white, pink, purple, lavender and red. Several varieties have colorful Fall foliage. Be careful pruning. Some gardeners cut all branches back in the Winter almost down to the trunk, which distorts the tree. Better practice is to remove old flower heads in the Summer to promote further flowering and then remove dead and overly dense branches and crossing limbs in the Winter. Wide variety of colors and types are available from 3' tall Crape Myrtlettes (ideal for containers) to 50' tall Japanese Crape Myrtle.
Crape Myrtle
  • Japanese Crape-Myrtle (l. fauriei) Larger in size than the common Crape Myrtle (l. indica) with smaller while blossoms and no Fall color. Attractive red-brown bark, especially in Winter. Hardy Zones 6B through 10A. Reaches 35' to 50' in height.
  • Queen's Crape Myrtle (l. speciosa) Hardy in Zones 10b - 11.