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Crape Myrtle

Uses:

  • Specimen or Focal Point
  • Container Gardens
  • Flowering Borders & Hedges

Features:

  • Produces Bright Showy Flowers
  • Disease Resistant & Heat Tolerant
  • Attracts Bees & Birds

Sunlight:

  • Full Sun
  • 6+ Hours of Direct Sun

Growing Zones:

Crape Myrtle are a deciduous shrub or tree that produces showy summer blooms and boasts attractive bark during the winter. This versatile shrub comes in single or multi trunk varieties. These can tolerate hot and humid conditions and are a popular southern plant.


Crape myrtle bushes and trees (Lagerstroemia) are a very popular plant in the southern United States. This is due to being one of the few plants that bloom during the summer! These plants are also very resilient and easy to grow for people with a brown thumb. Crape myrtles provide great shade and color to any landscape all summer long.  Also, as growers have introduced new varieties to the market, more cold hardy varieties have been introduced. You can now grow these plants up to growing zone 6!

Most crape myrtles grow in full sun, and perform the best when they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. These are also heat and drought tolerant, which makes them a great fit for the southern states. Make sure the plants are watered once or twice a week the first year though, until they are established.

  • Growing Zones 6-10

  • Resilient & Easy To Grow

  • Blooms During the Summer

  • Typically Grow in Full Sun

  • Heat & Drought Tolerant Once Established

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.