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: Purple
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds 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: 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: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Apr 8, 2011, paani from Saint Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
has proven hardy here in zone 6a in a north facing semi-sheltered location with 3-4 inch leaf mulching for winter. Has grown to 7' in 3 or 4 years and is very healthy. Older plants in the neighborhood are 10-12 feet tall, 7-8' wide dense shrubs, indicating general hardiness. Zone info. (7a) seems to be too conservative.
On Apr 18, 2008, carol13 from Glen Burnie, MD wrote:
I planted this crepe myrtle about 5yrs ago. It was trouble free till last year. It developed a fungus (that responded to organic spraying). I think it happened because I put up a 6ft privacy fence (staggered-slat design) the year before (about 6 feet from the myrtle) that may have cut down on air circulation. In addition, we had a dry, hot & humid summer. Fingers crossed for this season!
It's a beautiful 15 footer, tho. Light purple (or lilac) & a bee & butterfly magnet; also, the goldfinches eat the spent seedheads in the winter.
On Nov 21, 2004, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Very easily grown from seed. It's a beautiful Tree and the color has nothing to do with gardening or it's performance. Purple is Purple..regardless if it's light, dark, or inbetween. We can not neccessarily say "what" color a plant is supposed to be. Everything on God's green earth is subject to change :-D