Height: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m) 20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
Spacing: 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Pink Fuchsia (Red-Purple) Red Coral/Apricot White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Foliage: Deciduous Bronze-Green
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From hardwood heel cuttings From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel By air layering
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On May 13, 2013, cinemike from CREZIERES France (Zone 8a) wrote:
I looked at this entry to find out what plant #1 in the plant files was. These are grown by the local authorities here in France and to buy them is very expensive.
It is not the sort of tree I would choose.
Last spring I had planted 4 different crepe myrtles in various spots in my yard. They thrived in our hot humid summer, one even bloomed for me. Considering this is Massachusetts, I was unsure of what would happen to them over the winter. The coldest night was a bone chilling +3'F and that week we had a couple nights in a row around 8 or 9 degrees. It is now early May and my crepes appear not to have suffered at all. They are all pushing out leaves and I should add that these are small, 16-20" tall plants. They weren't planted in a protected spot either. So I would tell anyone in southern New England who desires a crepe myrtle to go ahead and try one. I noticed the local Home Depots have started selling them.
I do not understand the fascination with this tree. Sure, the blooms look pretty all summer, but come winter, the tree defoliates and looks dead for months. Hideous! It is especially confusing why they plant this in south Florida, considering anything and everything grows down there. I laughed driving down the road in Fort Myers in January, seeing a bunch of completely bare crepe myrtles planted alongside beautiful royal and coconut palms. There are much better looking trees that also look stay green in winter. I've come to hate this tree because it is so overused in the south.
On Mar 13, 2012, tracyb433 from Winter Haven, FL wrote:
I love Crape Myrtle trees. I have three in my lawn at this time and plan to plant more that I started from seed and cuttings. I have a white, lavender, and pink. I found the lavender shot up to ten feet in less than two years. They are beautiful when the limbs are weighted down by the flowers. I find in central Florida that lack of rain causes less blooms, so I plan to use irrigation to remedy that this year. And while one poster stated she hated the flowers covering the ground, I personally love the ground covered with whatever color flowers just adds more color to my lawn. And she also complained about sap. I tend to think she has aphids in her tree, and the droppings are sticky, as I have never had issues with sap, even in humid Florida. She could easily remedy that with a spray. Right now the crapes are just coming out of dormancy, and the leaves are starting to sprout. I can't wait for the blooms to come!
On Oct 6, 2011, thinkinonit from Norfolk, VA wrote:
I recently moved into Norfolk VA. Where old neighborhoods built in 1942 had Crape Mertles placed every where in the neighborhoods by the city. Every house in my neighbood had trees including mine. (They actually belong to the city and you can not cut them down yourself). I have very old specimens of this, if not pruned correctly, they can become quite an eyesore I have to say.
On Aug 9, 2011, ratlover1 from Rising Sun, IN wrote:
We received a seedling from Arbor Day, and I am surprised to learn it is only supposed to be hardy to zone 7a (we're in zone 5b or 6a depending on where you look). This is only it's second summer in the ground here and it's doing magnificently. It grows very well and is drought-tolerant, but grows better with supplemental water, of course.
It hasn't bloomed yet, but I'm sure it will next year. It was a stick when we planted it in spring 2 years ago, and is a bushy three feet tall now. It would probably be bigger but the deer ate it to the ground last fall. So far, so good--we're keeping a close eye on it. It's surrounded by tall wildflowers which I think is protecting it a little.
On May 30, 2011, 4wiesgyz from Carmichael, CA wrote:
I have a couple of crape myrtles in my yard. They have become too tall for where I wanted them. I'd like them to have remained more "shrublike" because they are at the entryway to an out of the way patio. I have been told that I can cut them back seriously probably in late fall and they will survive.
On Mar 22, 2010, dreadedfro from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:
I hate this tree. It is incredibly invasive here. We had two of them in our yard. They sprout all over the yard.
One of the trees was planted 2 feet from the sewer line. Part of the sewer pipe was still clay and the roots broke through. After having sewage backup into our house four times, a good plumber figured out it was the crape myrtle. The roots were easily 3" diameter at 3 feet deep and after much excavating we found it definitely was in the pipe. It took 3 days to get the tree trunk out.
The other tree was in a 12' x 12' planting area. Nothing else seemed to grow in the area. After some digging, we found the roots had cross-hatched the entire space. I'm still digging out roots; just pulled out two 12' long roots with 3-4" diameter. I had to cut them at the edges of the planting area with a tree saw since they went under the walk, under the driveway, and under the foundation.
This is just personal opinion speaking but I HATE this tree/shrub. There are 3 on our property, one in shade, two in sun. They bloom prettily, but the blooms make the smaller branches droop and if you so much as look at this thing wrong, it sheds leaves and the flowers like no tomorrow. The previous owners of my house planted one right in front of the back door so it bends over the concrete patio. Sap drips from them, making the concrete sticky and attracting ants all over in front of the door.
The one out front in shade is tamer and only needed basic pruning, but I still have red petals everywhere, covering every inch under all three. If I didn't know they were unkillable, I'd attempt to cut them down and pry them up.
Agree with Tacoma reviewer, NW apparently not the place for this kind of tree. Fell in love with this tree in Claremont, CA, obviously better suited there. Have seen a few succeed here in very sunny parking strips, but we're further south than Tacoma. But my yard isn't hot/sunny long enough for our Arapaho Crape Myrtle (3 flowers last year, none so far this year) and Acoma Crape Myrtle(no flowers in 2 years). Also keep having to clean off spider mites on new growth. Leaves and bark pretty, but I want the flowers!
On Jul 26, 2009, jackstangle from La Conner, WA wrote:
Someone says this plant grows in Tacoma WA. I am about 70 miles north of there & I have had mine, (zuni) for over 10 yrs & it has NEVER bloomed. It is in an all day sunny spot, fairly dry & this yr especially we have gone nearly 3 mos. with less than an inch of rain & still no blooms, so it is not as if it's too cold or too wet. I am tempted to cut it down. WHY do nurseries sell you things that they know won't perform here?
We have these all over and they are so beautiful when in bloom! Pinks, whites are my favorites.
Since we didn't have any my husband went today and finally got a few to put around our property. They are still small so I will come back to update on how they are doing in a few months. I can't wait to see them taller and in full bloom. We got the pink Crape Myrtles.
By reading the comments on these trees, it looks like it will be an easy growing process. Great for me since i'm not a green thumb type of gardener.
On Mar 1, 2009, purplesun from Krapets Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:
I grow crepes at my garden in Krapets, Bulgaria, a village that is situated right on the Black Sea coast. This is the driest and windiest region in Bulgaria that also happens to have a quite alkaline soil. The only saving grace of the place is that the soil is of an extremely good quality - it's extremely fertile, drains perfectly, and plants that grow in it don't seem to suffer much from the regular droughts that we have every summer. As far as the crepe myrtles go, I have been growing a single specimen for 5 years now and it has never failed me. It was flattened the first two winters by cold winds, but has been quite robust ever since. It has never been bothered by aphids or powdery mildew, the latter I guess would be attributable to the constant breeze that blows in both directions.
This is not my most favorite of trees as there is an over abundance of them in my yard. At last count I discovered two more among the red-tipped photinia bushes/trees on the east side of the house, which makes a total of 19. I am also reminded of two others that used to be in the yard whenever I mow over their stumps.
Honestly, these are beautiful when they bloom. They will stay that way until it rains again. Every time it rains the blooms are washed away. When you mow and bump into one of these, expect to be covered with the blooms. They fall off very easily. I thought the butterfly bush was changing color one day only to find out it was the blooms of the crepe myrtle falling onto it.
These trees are very drought tolerant and provide great shade depending on how you prune them. Unfortunately, these trees are like boxwoods as they can develop new growth from their root system. This all depends on the type of Crepe Myrtle you get. You need to weekly trim off new growth near the base of the tree as it will consistantly keep putting off new sprouts.
I have had to pull up two of these as they are intrusive in gardens. They must enjoy very loose soil just as boxwoods. Excessive watering will cause rotting of the bark, which will lead to disease and insect infestation. Spiders love to make their homes in these trees. I have also noticed that ants of various kinds like to travel through crepe myrtles possibly searching for more food. Looks like I need to sprinkle some corn meal around the base of these trees to get rid of them.
On Sep 11, 2008, allynajsmimi from Conroe, TX wrote:
We moved onto family property, and in the frontyard along fence, there stands 4 beautiful crape myrtles. 2 fuchsia and 2 white. Our cousin gave me 2 small ones in pots, didn't think they were going to make it. My hubby went fishing and needed to bury parts that were not edible. He dug 2 deep holes, placed fish parts in them,then added these 2 small dead looking plants.
They are 3 feet tall now, (just planted around March/ April), and have beautiful fuchsia flowers. They don't cause me any grief as they are far enough away from house. I keep telling hubby to go fishing when I want to plant something or baby an almost looking dead plant LOL.
On Aug 15, 2008, swgiff from Garrett Park, MD wrote:
there are many crape myrtles in our area, in a variety of light to deep pink shades. i have always admired them, so i planted a young tree in my yard. the first summer it developed a bad case of powdery mildew from the high humidity in this area. the woman at the nursery told me that it is not unusual with young plants, especially during their first year, to fall prey to powdery mildew. i treated it throughout the summer with a commercial spray, and this year it is thriving, and even squeeked out some little blooms. i can't wait to watch it grow and hope that it will be as stunning as those across the street!
On Jul 9, 2008, ShereeGardner from Keota, OK wrote:
My neighbor and others in my area have these beautiful trees, and I have seen no mess from the leaves, or fallen blooms... They do little to no matenance on them at all and they have no sign of mildew or any fungus. Its very hot and humid here so Im thinking these will do beautifully. I bought 2 at walmart, of all places! They are thriving so far, Pink and a red one. The tag says 10 ft tall at maturity, I love them!
On Jul 3, 2008, cangrowanything from Livingston, TX wrote:
They are pretty and can be shaped and pruned. They add color when other things are having trouble w/ the TX heat and sometimes limited or excessive rain. They come in a variety of colors. I saw some wonderful RED ones near Hutto, TX.
On May 4, 2008, CarloInTX from Denton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I like the way these plants grow and the color it adds to the landscape. The drawbacks are the spent buds that drop all over the place at the end of the season and the tendency of the plant to get powdery mildew. I have seven of these in a row planted along the driveway here, and the first couple of years we moved in, they were great. The last two years, I've been battling white powdery mildew that at times gets so bad it looks like it's been flocked.
We planted a small, what I assumed to be, bush in our front yard last fall which we had dug up from the front of my mother in laws burnt down house. I didn't even know what it was!! lol Anyway, I was at a friends house when I noticed a tree in her back yard that resembled the little bushy mass that I had planted behind an oak in the front yard next to our porch. I was pleasantly surprised to discover what I had although now I am going to have to transplant this in another location.
On Jul 24, 2007, tropicaldude from Orlando, FL wrote:
Here in Orlando it's often planted along city roads but when the winter comes this tree turns into the ugliest sight for months without leaves. At least the Oleander is evergreen. Like IslandJim said some colors look flat (sort of like a plastic flower look).
My mother planted one in the front yard that's nice right now with an open form that looks like an exploding fireworks. It shall stay that height, around 5' feet otherwise I'll be tempted to cut it down or move it when it loses its leaves again.
Down in the Caribbean it's evergreen so it's not so bad but in Florida, I wish this city planted nicer evergreens instead of Crape Myrtles and those dull oaks they usually plant which are ugly the whole year.
On Jul 9, 2007, praisin247 from Fairfield, OH wrote:
New to this site. I just purchased 3 of these plants from Lowe's to use as a screen on the side of my driveway. I live behind a strip shopping center. The rear of the building is visible from my front porch. I liked the fact that they would get bushy, require little maintenance & flower. I'm hoping that they'll provide some cover for the finches that have been frequenting the small ornamental pond I have in my front yard. The lot has full southern exposure. I was concerned about the amount of sun they'll be getting, but if the folks out in Texas are growing them with ease, I don't think my Midwest sun will bother them at all. My neighbors are already loving them because of the color they're adding to the neighborhood. I have sandy soil with good drainage. I have great expectations for these bushes.
On Jun 4, 2007, luvmydaylilies from Dundalk, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I am in central Maryland, and have several 10 yr old crapes. The largest has recently developed a problem in the foliage. The entire tree leafed out perfectly, but now, half of the tree(the south side), has leaves that are curled from stem to tip. They are green and supple. I see no visible pests, fungi, mildew, etc, and have shown it to my local extension service, who was unsure what the problem was. One suggestion was drought stress, another was frozen buds.
On Mar 25, 2007, peachespickett from Huntington, AR wrote:
Not a big fan. Tedious to properly maintain, prone to mildew, planted anywhere and everywhere. Show me one that's sixty feet tall and fifty feet wide and I'll be impressed. Oh, and please don't chop their tops off. You're basically killing the tree and growing suckers. Thin out crossing or inward growing branches, cut off seed spikes, maybe cut back a few of the taller branches by a foot or two. But don't turn it into a stump please! It's so ugly.
On Dec 14, 2006, rancherhusband from Mico, TX wrote:
My first experience was when living in San Antonio, TX 20 years ago. The crape myrtle that we planted was always prone to fungal disease. I have since heard that there are varieties that are less affected. Would be interested in knowing a red variety of that ilk.
On Oct 1, 2006, Gina_Rose from Hollywood, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
My grandmother has had a Crape Myrtle for many, many years, and only recently did I discover a volunteer growing- so I've potted it to possibly plant here at my house. It's beautiful when it does bloom, and a pretty tree when it isn't in bloom. It grows near our banana plants, and I've never come across any sap or drippings from the Crape Myrtle, nor seen anything "sticky" marring the top of the large banana leaves.
Crape Myrtles wouldn't make good shade trees, but I think they'd work great for any "filtered light" plants to live beneath.
These trees are definitely deserving of their popularity! :)
On Sep 30, 2006, Alan_Taylor from Macon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant is cheap, and it requires no maintenance. That's why it's popular. Personally, I think it's a menace. I lived with one in my yard for eight years and hated it. I had to move away from the plant because I couldn't kill it. Near my new home is a park at which the city decided to plant these gnarly-looking weeds. They rain sticky sap all over the park benches, rendering them useless. Avoid this palnt at all costs! Don't get suckered into the crepe myrtle fad. The fad will pass, but the plant will be a menace forever!
On Aug 24, 2006, hellnzn11 from Rosamond, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
In this zone fast, easy growing plants are hard to come by. Where I live things don`t grow well from seed unless you have put a lot of time and money into the soil first. Not the crape Myrle, it took off a few weeks after I soaked them and are several inches tall a couple weeks after that, strait in the clay soil.
On Aug 17, 2006, weluv2garden2 from Seaford, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
We love our crepe myrtles ! After frequent travel to the Carolinas, we fell in love with them. Purchased as small shrubs in 1 gallon pots down in the south, we thought they would not do well, initially. Especially since our boys trampled them over & over playing basketball nearby. Now in a new spot, they are doing fantastic! One is 12' tall with beautiful multicolored bark, the other is a mini shrub version that is sooooo prolific and about 3' x31/2'. They bloom up here later in summer (August on) when everything else is loosing altitude. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a wonderful selection showing pruned & unpruned versions of them.
On Aug 4, 2006, winging from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I inherited two mature crape myrtles planted together when I purchased this home. They are alongside the house with an eastern exposure, slightly downhill from the very sunny front yard. They do well in that protected spot and are quite lovely in full bloom. One is a bright bright pinky rose and the other is white.
My husband complains about how far they lean down over the driveway when they get heavy with blooms and it rains. He also complains about the pink petals all over the cars. I don't mind that so much.
We planted 2 Crepe Myrtles in our front flowerbeds about 4 yrs ago and they are just beautiful. Our neighbors comment on their beauty all the time. Very low maintenance as well.
I was weeding out the beds a month ago and noticed about 6 strange looking "weeds". As I examined them closer, I realized they were baby Crepes and so I tried transplanting one to the backyard but no success. My neighbor took 2 shoots and tried just placing them in water but no success. I will try the sandy pot method I read about here because I would love to grow more of these.
On Jun 29, 2006, pino661 from Amelia, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I did my Graduate studies in Athens GA and feel in love with Crape Myrtles. I am now back in my hometown of Amelia, OH and know of only one home that has crape myrtles. An old home owned by an ederly woman and her myrtles are large, bush-like shrubs, protected by the rather large house. I have several crape myrtles that I planted last summer. Many of them were from the clearance area of Lowes garden section (burnt out from the summer heat), a few others were from Kentucky through an Ebay auction.
All have made it through a fairly mild winter. Likewise, my Dusty Miller has survived and now has yellow flowers in its second year. The Ebay crape myrtles had all died back to the ground where as the Lowe's crape myrtles did not and are producing growth on last year's branches. Also, one of the Ebay crapes had been mowed over in earlier spring( not by me!) and I thought it was dead, so I pulled it up, scratched the bark and saw a green cambium layer. I replanted it and after a good rain it put out a nice green branch.
Generally, crape myrtles do not grow in SW Ohio, so- so far so good. I believe the Lowes trees are bred to be hardier for this climate. I look forward to having grown trees full of blooms!
On Jun 23, 2006, creeping_jenny from Rochester, NY wrote:
For many years I admired the mysterious bush my neighbors had growing in front of their house. I used to think of it as a summer azalea, because that was what it resembled, superficially. When I finally asked my 90-year-old neighbor what the bush was, he explained that he had brought a cutting of it with him from Texas when his family moved up here to Rochester, NY (zone 6a-5b). I couldn't quite understand what he called it in Spanish, so it still took me awhile to figure out what the heck it was.
Once I found out that it was a crepe myrtle, I was intrigued, especially since I had never seen it growing up here. My neighbor's bush is about 3 feet high, despite a northwest exposure and winter storms that can drop 2 feet of snow. It comes back every year, mainly from the base, and blooms late summer.
My neighbor gave me some fall cuttings, but I think the timing was wrong--they didn't take, even indoors. There aren't any crepe myrtle plants available at nurseries here, either. My only option was to start some mail-order seeds indoors during Winter 2005. I ended up planting out several vigorous plants with pretty pink, lavendar, and white blooms in a sheltered area of my garden. About half of them made it through winter 2006 and have resprouted this June. I'm excited to see how they will do this summer, and if they will get appreciatively bigger.
On Jun 18, 2006, adoehe from Middletown, OH wrote:
plant is located on south east corner of our house. It usualy dies back in the cold winter,but comes back in spring. their are about three in our nearest town that we have seen. we injoy this plant ,only wish it would not die back as much.
This tree grows well with little maintenance in south Louisiana...hot and humid. We have over 30 various types lining our driveway and around the property and the only maintenance we've done is to prune suckers and cross-branches every year. It's not a big deal for us because we just take care of suckers when we're out cutting the grass. I can't stand to see a tree that's had its foliage lopped off down to the trunk. We prefer to let them form a more natural shape and only trim what is necessary to avoid a painful whack to the head while cutting grass on the tractor. My favorite is the Nachez because of its cinnamon colored bark and large clumps of white flowers. The only caveat I have for these trees is around a pool. We have one next to our pool and will be removing it this summer because of the "trash" it deposits into the pool. The small dead flowers and seed pod pieces go through the skimmer baskets and end up in the filter basket (sometimes in the filter) just before the pump...just more to clean out and maintain.
On Jan 22, 2006, Victoria945 from Wilmington, NC wrote:
We live on the coast of N.C. in the beautiful town of Wilmington. Our home is located on a tidal creek off of the Intracoast Waterway and we have transplanted two 5 Ft. Myrtles in our backyard right on the water. They are a sight to behold when in bloom and so far they seem to love their location. Love the tree and want to keep it through thick & thin.
On Dec 16, 2005, casonbang from Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
The previous owners of my house thought it would be a good idea to plant a Crape Myrtle. This massive 15 foot weed hung over the pool and dropped blooms for months... and months. We couldn't empty the skimmer baskets fast enough.
Eventually we chainsawed it down to a stump since it just wasn't cost-effective to move. Two months later, this October, we notice it was 7 feet tall again! Luckily just some weedy-looking shoots. I still can't believe it.. amputated and left for dead and it just won't die.
On Sep 16, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I live near Mobile,AL and agree this plant is sometimes overplanted. I mainly get tired of seeing the pink and red ones. I like the"softer" white and lavender ones. Natchez,Yuma,and Muskogee are my favorites. It's good to only have maybe one or two of these in a average sized yard, that way they don't overpower the landscape. I have blended them with native wax myrtle on a fenceline.
On Sep 10, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I am not a fan of this tree, although that is merely personal preference/observation.
Here in VA I find it way too overused in the landscape, & except for the white (one of which I do have on my property), I find the other flower colors almost obscenely garish. In fact, most of the pinks I've dubbed "Pepto Bismol trees" - lol!! A large specimen blooming like a neon sign can be difficult to effectively work into a nice landscaping scenario, & on a hot day is almost an eyesore.
Again - I do realize that this is just personal feeling, which is why I made my rating "neutral" rather than "negative".
Ours are absolutely fabulous! Nothing prettier in the yard this time of year! Just about the time everything else is looking a little "haggard and worn", the Crapes start putting on their spectacular show! I have terniflora Clematis (Sweet Autumn) winding up and thru a very nice pink one on the front fence-row ... just gorgeous! My white one (Natchez?) is so tall and heavy with blooms, it actually looks like a "weeping" variety. And except for some mildew problems, mine are very hardy and prolific. One nice mature tree actually had to be transplanted up close to the house due to a driveway extension...not only did it make it...it looks more sensational every year! I recently discovered a supplier who offers a "landscaper special" 20/ $125. I think I'm going to order it...(I just hate the thought of having to dig 20 more holes this time of year...I'm already hot and tired and ready for fall!!)
On May 2, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Sensational landscaping plant. Requires very little water or care and produces incredible colour. The seeds are very prolific when picked, dried and planted, so I am not sure why there are not hundreds of babies below the mother plant.
On Apr 13, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is growing slowly, very slowly for me. I started with a small "tube", and it has overwintered two years in a row, getting a little larger each year. Another variety, purchased in California, gave up the ghost this winter (presumably because of 4' of snow over the very small plant). The one that's surviving is 'Sioux', and it's making steady, if slow progress.
I love Crepe Myrtle. Just bought a house in August and I will definitely give a Myrtle the best spot in the front yard!! (there were no trees previously planted) But, there is a woman that will give me one if I dig it up. It is about 20 ft tall and approx 19 inches around the trunk. I am hesitant to take on a job like that...not only to maybe hurt the root system but I would only have a shovel to do it. My son said the root system is fairly spread out. I could also prune it back so it would handle easier, but don't know if any of this is advisable. Maybe somebody could email me with some suggestions....would really appreciate any enlightenment. They are such beautiful plants, I can't wait to have one, whether i dig it up or buy it...this summer will be spectacular!!
On Apr 9, 2005, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Although Crape myrtle is an excellent tree, its many good attributes have led to it being a bit overplanted, by the highway department in particular. It has a nice long bloom period, survives heat and humidity and doesn't make much of a mess. It only rarely seems to self sow which is unusual for how many seeds it produces. I have grown a very vigorous seedling transplanted from a lawn but it hasn't bloomed yet. Also easy to propagate from layering. Hacking all the branches off does NOT make the tree flower better and is a bad practice that should be stopped!
On Apr 2, 2005, normhill007 from Simpsonville, SC wrote:
I had never seen a Crepe Myrtle being from the snowbelt in Northeast Pennsylvania. When we moved to South Carolina when my wife was relocated, they were everywhere and they were used heavily for accent trees in our subdivision, including the front corners of my property line. I decided to plant a couple of extras in my front yard and watched for two growing seasons these scrawny plants that appeared near death. After deciding to to major landscaping in my back yard, I bought 3 more from Walmart for half what Lowes was charging-(the old what the heck, if I dies I saved a few bucks)-I also transplanted the scrawnyr 3rd season out of dormancy near death plants to the back and they took off like crazy-they thrived-quadrupled in size and actually had a good batch of blooms-can't wait to see what they do this season
Crepe Myrtle grow in this area like weeds. Only they are beautiful, as opposed to weeds. There are so many colors. I like the lavender and purple best. We have some fuchsia pink ones that have grown over 40 ft tall. They are completely out of hand. I want to cut them now, but don't want to harm them.
When I was a child, my mother had planted crepe myrtles in our backyard, and they grew so well. Then, a few years later, I got a german shepherd dog with an affinity for "pruning" anything that grew in the backyard. (Re: chewed anything in sight.) Needless to say, my dog chewed those bushes down to the ground. Later, when she was gone, I'll be danged if those bushes didn't grow back, and prettier than before! It had been easily four years since those bushes had tried to grow. They're just so hardy, and they're attractive. Now, I've got a new house, with absolutely NO landscaping. Guess what the first bush I'll be planting is...
On Aug 17, 2004, greeneyesrme2 from Jeffersonville, IN wrote:
We are buying a house that has a beautiful crape myrtle right in front of the dining room window. It is beautiful and actually made me like the house because the plant added such much "curb appeal" to it. My only concern is whether we should cut it back to keep it below the window or let it grow! The other concern I have is that it's so close to the front porch, will it have growing room. We'll see but would appreciate feedback on this message if possible.
On Aug 11, 2004, DaisyJen from Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
If you are driving through Pensacola, Florida, you will see Crape Myrtles of all colors everywhere. They are so interesting because of the beautiful colors and the peeling bark. If I find a young plant, I will pot it up for a friend. Be sure to dig them up before they get too large. Before mine grew too large, I snipped the branch just below the seeds, and the reblooming was prettier than the first blooms.
On Jul 25, 2004, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
It's almosr un-American to say it, but I don't care for this plant very much. I find all the colors [except the white, "Natchez"] to be flat and dull. And if you grow it as a tree, you'll spend a lot of time cutting off suckers. But with all the hype and tripe that have been given it, it's easy to see why it's become a darling of highway landscape departments.
On Jul 24, 2004, jester from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
A tree that not only has beautiful flowers but also bark that is very attractive and interesting. Many types and all grow well in San Antonio. Hundreds in my neighborhood alone. My personal Crepe Myrtle has bright pink flowers 30' tall with three very thick trunks. I believe the tree is 20 years old (I have lived here for 8 years).
On Jul 16, 2004, aviator8188 from Murphysboro, IL (Zone 7a) wrote:
Grow's well along with other Crape Myrtle's here in extreme southern Illinois(USDA zone 7a). Tree Crapes, although all Crape Myrtle's are actually bushes are great! I love the single trunk which gives it that "bonsai" look. This tree Crape is much more entertaining than any of the mini Crape's. Although most Crape's grow throughout zones 6 - 10, the Tree Crape grow's best in zones 7 and above. Leaves are yellow, red, and orange in the fall. Lagerstroemia indica is also a very fast grower!
On Jun 15, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Beautifully tough tree for this area. I have a row of six planted by my mother and father 30 years ago. I do nothing to them (neither did Mom really) besides prune so the elegant trunks can be seen and they're doing wonderful! Every now and again I notice aphids on them, but they seem to clear up on their own by the time I get the ingredients together to spray for them. This tree, once established, laughs at the heat and dryness of Texas.
On Nov 16, 2003, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This can be invasive if you do not like the crape mytle. However either birds are planting it or it has underground roots. It does transplant well but is prone to mildew. I planted one in the front yard and now have three in the back. Must be the birds.
On Nov 13, 2003, ozzer from Amsterdam Netherlands (Zone 9b) wrote:
Added this tree to my collection about two months ago, colours are reported to be purple/white.
This specimen is a Chinese yamadori, and the chance acquisition of this tree set the foundation/bonding of a new relationship with an excellent and knowledgeable bonsai grower/supplier, just can't wait 'till Spring.
On Nov 12, 2003, noxiousweed from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
What a pleasure the crape myrtle is in bloom - then it blends into the woodwork for the winter. I am forever looking below crape myrtles on public property for their inevitable offspring, which I dig up, take home, and (at least attempt to) grow into a standard.
The one we have that is in shrub form gets mildew on its bottom half. I'm a fan of the standard anyway - but moreso for this plant.
On Aug 24, 2003, bellagato from Atwater, CA wrote:
Hi, I live in sunny Central California and Crepe Myrtle is a very popular plant. I don't personally have one but is on my list as one I would like to have. It is grown as a tree and is very hardy and very beautiful when in bloom. It comes in different colors too...pink, lavender and white is what I've seen.
On Aug 19, 2003, Bairie from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:
The beautiful pinkish lavender crepe myrtle that grows in a sheltered corner of my house was here when I bought the house in '91. It is about 20' tall, and struggles to get some sunlight. The upstairs bedroom gets all the benefit because that's where it blooms. Crepe myrtle is probably the most used plant (along with oleander) for landscaping here in the Coastal Bend of South Texas. Usually they are seen around large apt. complexes or large buildings because they are so tall and full---trees in fact. They grow fast and bloom beautifully almost all year. In fall when we have the first chill (I can't say cold--we don't have that), the leaves turn bright bronzey orange. I have never done anything to or for mine, except to cut down a tree near to it because the tree was too close to the foundation of the house. The CM appreciated that and was able to spread out a little more. It would be a lot happier out in the open in full sun and not crowded as it is now. But it's still gorgeous! and healthy!
On Aug 18, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
These are very popular in NE Florida & tolerate our winters very well. They come in several colors from what I've seen - white & different shades of pink & lavender.
Some people make the mistake of trying to prune them like a shrub but they're best left alone.
On Aug 17, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
I grew several varieties of crape myrtles in Georgia and found Japanese beetles love them, especially in newly disturbed ground like a new subdivision. We spent a bunch of money on milky spore, which gradually controlled them.
The most mildew resistant varieties have Indian names like 'Natchez'--which is a beautiful white; Osage, Yuma, Zuni, etc. These are hybrids of L. indica and L. fauriei that were developed by the National Arboretum. 'Natchez' is especially lovely with peeling cinnamon like bark once it is mature.
It is a misconception that crape myrtles should be severely pruned back to their trunks every year. This has been discussed thoroughly in Southern Living Magazine in an article called "Crape Murder." Professional landscapers do this regularly in highway medians and in apartment complex parking lots where these July blooming trees are ubiquitous, as this does promote larger blooms, but only at the expense of the tree which is trying to survive such rough handling. Ultimately the tree succumbs to this treatment, so it is not something you want to do in your home landscape. Municipalities and corporations include re-landscaping in their budgets and don't really want these trees to get very large--only to provide cheap summer color--but a fully mature crape myrtle, with only cross branches and suckers pruned out, is a spectacular sight. The famous Calloway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, Gerogia--home to the Victory Garden TV show--has huge specimens of the white crape myrtle 'Natchez' shading the patio in front of their gift shop, and these are the largest crape myrtles I have ever seen, and you may be assured they were not pruned back heavily every year!
November 13, 2003: Have recently transplanted almost 20 cuttings of a white shrub type crape myrtle called 'Acoma,' which is another National Arboretum cultivar, released in the mid 1980's. A friend trimmed low branches of her 'Acoma" that were overhanging her driveway, and I got about 40 cuttings, about half of which "took" in a pot of my sandy dirt in a shady spot, without any rooting hormone. I just sprayed the pot every day with a hose to keep the leaves from drying out, and in a few months I transplanted the cuttings with short white roots into individual pots, again in my sandy soil, without any potting soil added, to overwinter outdoors, all huddled together under fallen autumn leaves. I'll probably keep potting them up into larger pots until they are a few feet tall and large enough to go into the ground.
On Aug 17, 2003, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
Crepe Myrtles do very well in coastal South Carolina, blooming from mid-June through mid-September (or even longer if weather is favorable. The greatest problem is that of aphids -- if not controlled early in the season, the sooty mold fungus becomes prevalent. This fungus thrives on the sugary content of the aphid's "honeydew". The winter aspect of the Crepe Myrtle is wondereful because of the beautiful bark texture.
On Mar 15, 2003, ranch45 from Interlachen, FL wrote:
When we first moved to Northern Florida, two years ago, this tree kept popping up near my Mimosa Tree. After unsuccessfully trying to get rid of it (we did not know what it was) my husband decided to transplant it to the back yard (under our bedroom window). Am I glad he did!!!!! It is an absolutely beautiful tree, with delicate pink flowers. Last year, three more just popped up in our front yard -- and are growing in an arched shape -- we decided to keep them. I am happy to report that they have started to come back again this month - bringing BIG smiles to our faces each morning.
To keep the tree fresh and in bloom longer, I have found that if you tip the dead blooms, the tree will continue to grow and bloom long into the fall season.
If I have learned nothing else about gardening, I have learned this --- anything that fights so hard to live is worth keeping!!!
The Crepe Myrtle is a beautiful shrub or small tree that is found mostly in zones 6 and up.
The limbs should be pruned back each winter, revealing a beautifully smooth trunk. It is rapid growing, with many varieties reaching over 30 feet. In late summer, the crepe myrtle will produce an explosion of color (most commonly red, white, lavender, or pink). The blooms are long lived and in the lower areas of the United States will bloom all the way into October or later.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grenoble, Washington D.c., Athens, Alabama Attalla, Alabama Blue Ridge, Alabama Decatur, Alabama Dutton, Alabama Eight Mile, Alabama Frisco City, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama Madison, Alabama Mobile, Alabama (3 reports) Montgomery, Alabama New Market, Alabama Pell City, Alabama Saraland, Alabama Satsuma, Alabama Thomaston, Alabama Union Grove, Alabama Gilbert, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Batesville, Arkansas Cabot, Arkansas Greenwood, Arkansas , California Apple Valley, California Bakersfield, California Bostonia, California Calistoga, California Capistrano Beach, California Carmichael, California Chico, California Chowchilla, California Citrus Heights, California Clovis, California (2 reports) Concord, California Davenport, California East Pasadena, California El Sobrante, California Fallbrook, California Happy Camp, California La Jolla, California La Presa, California Laguna Beach, California Laguna West-lakeside, California Lakewood, California Lompoc, California Lower Lake, California Martinez, California Merced, California Modesto, California Mountain View Acres, California Oak View, California Oceanside, California Sacramento, California San Clemente, California San Diego, California Tracy, California Wildomar, California Winchester, California Woodcrest, California Ocean View, Delaware Rodney Village, Delaware Talleyville, Delaware Anthony, Florida Auburndale, Florida Bartow, Florida Belleair Bluffs, Florida Beverly Hills, Florida Boca Del Mar, Florida Bonnie Lock-woodsetter North, Florida Brandon, Florida Campbell, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Clearwater, Florida Cleveland, Florida Crestview, Florida Cypress Gardens, Florida De Land, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Deltona, Florida Eatonville, Florida Florida Ridge, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fruitville, Florida Greater Northdale, Florida Heathrow, Florida Hollywood, Florida (2 reports) Inverness, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Keystone, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Lake City, Florida Lakewood Park, Florida Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida Lehigh Acres, Florida Naples, Florida New Port Richey, Florida (2 reports) Niceville, Florida North De Land, Florida Ocala, Florida Ocoee, Florida Old Town, Florida Orlando, Florida Panama City, Florida (2 reports) Sebring, Florida Shady Hills, Florida South Daytona, Florida (2 reports) South Venice, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Sunset, Florida Vero Beach, Florida (2 reports) Warrington, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Blue Ridge, Georgia Brunswick, Georgia Calhoun, Georgia Canton, Georgia Cochran, Georgia Colbert, Georgia Dallas, Georgia Douglasville, Georgia Evans, Georgia Fayetteville, Georgia Isle Of Hope, Georgia Kingsland, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Martinez, Georgia Royston, Georgia Thomasville, Georgia Warner Robins, Georgia Winterville, Georgia Hilo, Hawaii Honomu, Hawaii Murphysboro, Illinois Bruceville, Indiana Gulivoire Park, Indiana Patriot, Indiana Rising Sun, Indiana Merriam, Kansas Ottawa, Kansas Overland Park, Kansas Benton, Kentucky Elkton, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Bossier City, Louisiana Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Epps, Louisiana Estelle, Louisiana Franklin, Louisiana Killian, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Mandeville, Louisiana New Iberia, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana (2 reports) Prairieville, Louisiana Ringgold, Louisiana Slidell, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Adamstown, Maryland Dundalk, Maryland East Riverdale, Maryland Ferndale, Maryland Garrett Park, Maryland Valley Lee, Maryland Sterling, Massachusetts Greenwood, Mississippi Long Beach, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Olive Branch, Mississippi Ridgeland, Mississippi Saucier, Mississippi Waynesboro, Mississippi Lee's Summit, Missouri Pendleton, Missouri Purdy, Missouri Las Vegas, Nevada Sparks, Nevada Bridgeton, New Jersey Dunellen, New Jersey Hamilton, New Jersey Manasquan, New Jersey Middlesex, New Jersey Plainfield, New Jersey Society Hill, New Jersey Tennent, New Jersey Warren, New Jersey West Berlin, New Jersey Carlsbad, New Mexico Hurley, New Mexico La Luz, New Mexico La Mesa, New Mexico Rio Rancho, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico , New York (4 reports) Beacon, New York Deer Park, New York Rochester, New York Seaford, New York Atkinson, North Carolina Bayshore, North Carolina Benson, North Carolina Cary, North Carolina Concord, North Carolina (2 reports) Connelly Springs, North Carolina Efland, North Carolina Elrod, North Carolina Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina Fayetteville, North Carolina Haw River, North Carolina Henderson, North Carolina Jaars, North Carolina Mooresville, North Carolina Morehead City, North Carolina Oxford, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports) Taylorsville, North Carolina Amelia, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Fairfield, Ohio Middletown, Ohio Cedar Valley, Oklahoma Duncan, Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma (2 reports) Fairview, Oklahoma Keota, Oklahoma New Tulsa, Oklahoma Newalla, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Owasso, Oklahoma (2 reports) Stillwater, Oklahoma Summit, Oklahoma Thackerville, Oklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma (2 reports) Beaverton, Oregon Grand Ronde, Oregon Salem, Oregon Bath, Pennsylvania Dover, Pennsylvania East Berlin, Pennsylvania Elizabeth, Pennsylvania Greencastle, Pennsylvania Vandergrift, Pennsylvania Beaufort, South Carolina Bluffton, South Carolina Bonneau, South Carolina Centerville, South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Dillon, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Florence, South Carolina Hartsville, South Carolina Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Myrtle Beach, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina (2 reports) Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Spartanburg, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Tega Cay, South Carolina Algood, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Culleoka, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Lenoir City, Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee Pocahontas, Tennessee Summertown, Tennessee Talbott, Tennessee Toone, Tennessee Alice, Texas (2 reports) Amarillo, Texas Austin, Texas (2 reports) Baytown, Texas Beaumont, Texas Bedford, Texas Bellmead, Texas Brazoria, Texas (2 reports) Briarcliff, Texas Cameron Park, Texas Cedar Hill, Texas Colleyville, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Cut And Shoot, Texas Dallas, Texas (3 reports) Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Decordova, Texas Denton, Texas Devine, Texas Elgin, Texas Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas Forney, Texas Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports) Fredericksburg, Texas Garland, Texas Georgetown, Texas Houston, Texas (4 reports) Hurst, Texas Joshua, Texas Kerrville, Texas Kyle, Texas Lake Dallas, Texas Lampasas, Texas Llano, Texas Llano Grande, Texas Lucas, Texas Lumberton, Texas Lytle, Texas Manor, Texas Mckinney, Texas Midland, Texas (2 reports) Missouri City, Texas Pasadena, Texas (2 reports) Port Neches, Texas Richardson, Texas San Antonio, Texas (3 reports) Scenic Oaks, Texas Snyder, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Sugar Land, Texas Victoria, Texas West Livingston, Texas Whitesboro, Texas Whitewright, Texas Winnsboro, Texas Richfield, Utah Arlington, Virginia Coeburn, Virginia Disputanta, Virginia East Highland Park, Virginia Jonesville, Virginia Mc Lean, Virginia Mechanicsville, Virginia Montpelier, Virginia Montross, Virginia Norfolk, Virginia Sterling, Virginia Suffolk, Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia West Springfield, Virginia Ruston, Washington Liberty, West Virginia Matewan, West Virginia