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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Catawba

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:

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:

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tomaras3 On Oct 23, 2012, tomaras3 from Harrah, OK wrote:

I enjoy my catawba crepe myrtles here in OKC. They are now 9 years old and are very heat tolerant and able to grow in the extremely dry summers we have had.

Positive paani 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.

Positive carol13 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.

Positive Kim_M 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

Neutral CFMuehling On Jan 3, 2004, CFMuehling from Southern Maryland
United States wrote:

Catawba is supposed to be a dark purple. I was terribly disappointed to find it's a deep lilac instead. If looking for purple, look at a Velma's Royal Delight instead.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Toney, Alabama
Chino Valley, Arizona
Bakersfield, California
Sacramento, California
Stockton, California
South Lyme, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Auburndale, Florida
Deland, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Webster, Florida
Rincon, Georgia
Lacombe, Louisiana
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Walkersville, Maryland
Jefferson City, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Roslyn, New York
Belmont, North Carolina
Beulaville, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Spencer, North Carolina
Vale, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Buchanan, Tennessee
Franklin, Tennessee
Alice, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Garland, Texas
Goldthwaite, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Saint George, Utah
Urbanna, Virginia

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