Growing Crape Myrtles
The common Crape Myrtle is a native of China and Korea with a large number of cultivars. We offer a variety of Crape Myrtles because their noninvasive roots make them great for walkways, driveways or street trees. Resembling a lilac tree and available in dwarf varieties, this tree is disease and pest resistant, as well as heat tolerant. Typically colored white, and multiple shades of red, purple, and pink, this multi stemmed tree attracts bees and birds.
The Best Way to Use Crape Myrtles
Standard single or multi-trunk Crape Myrtles trees can grow 15-25 feet tall with a spread of 6-15 feet. There are also smaller dwarf varieties ranging from 6-8 feet tall with shrub varieties 2-5 feet tall. This deciduous tree has a wide spreading, flat topped, rounded, or even spike shaped open habit. Winter hardy growing in USDA zones 6-9, this plant requires at least 6 hours of full sun each day. Crape Myrtles can grow in a wide range of soils but prefer moist, well-drained areas. Depending on the variety you choose, this versatile plant can be used in so many ways- accent, hedge, specimen, border, shade, containers, or mass planting. Crape myrtles bloom in late spring through summer on new growth, so pruning should be done in winter when they're dormant.
Resilient & Easy To Grow
Grow in a row for flowering borders & hedges
Use dwarf varieties in containers
Available in white, red, purple, or pink
Grow in Full Sun
Heat & Drought Tolerant Once Established
Growing Zones 6-10
Crape Myrtle Companion Plants
Some Crape Myrtle trees can grow 15-25 feet tall. Plants that love shade like hostas and coral bells are great to plant underneath this ornamental tree. If your landscape space does not allow for a full size tree, a dwarf variety paired with smaller types of ornamental shrubs such as hydrangeas or spirea add additional color. Pairing ornamental grasses leading up to Crape Myrtle trees adds a nice foliage interest along walkways or paths.