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PlantFiles: Japanese Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia x fauriei 'Natchez'

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Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: x fauriei (FAU-ree-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Natchez

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
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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9 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive newgreenguy On May 11, 2012, newgreenguy wrote:

This is my favorite crepe myrtle! The bark and the leaves are elegant and the bloom is a bonus. The fall color is also stunning. Where we live along the SoCal coast, they hardly ever bloom because it just doesn't get hot enough (summer highs in 70s), but the tree is still beautiful enough to maintain as a specimen as many people do in the best neighborhoods.

This tree grows very fast and this particular species gets quite large for a "small tree" and therefore it's best left out in an open space where it can grow to 25+ ft.

Positive sunkissed On Jan 9, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have four of these in my backyard in Central FL. Two were here when we moved in the house in 1993. The other two grew up along the fence line, I imagine from root runners, but picked mighty fine spots, so left them there. I kept them trimmed for years, not drastically, just clipping down branches until the width of a pencil. I also clip the first blooms once expired and get second and even third blooms each season. I can no longer trim the tops of the trees for they've grown too tall. The blooms aren't as large as when I could trim it back but still spectacular. I don't murder my myrtles but do shape them until they are pretty well trained. The White Natchez are the largest and most spectacular in my opinion.

Positive chris_p_ On May 1, 2008, chris_p_ from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

Absolutely a beautiful tree! Give one plenty of room. Ours is 9 years old; 20 ft tall & 20 ft wide. The light brown bark peels in sheets to revel the most beautiful cinnamon bark underneath. The flowerheads are so large that the branches hang to create a wonderful true "umbrella shape". We were told by the landscaper from whom we bought the tree, not to trim any branches off except for unwanted ground suckers, until the 5th year, and we waited. Then over the last 3 years we trimmed it slowly up in levels to the 10 foot height. It is stunning and now has beautiful summer and WINTER shape. The shape is natural looking and now gives our landscape real height and structure. Just trim off the little trunk branches periodically to maintain the shape. Enjoy!!!!

Positive stefanimc On Oct 17, 2006, stefanimc from Philomath, OR wrote:

'Natchez' is growing well in sandy loam with full sun to dappled shade in Philomath, Oregon (zone 7b). Our climate is rainy from October to May, with no summer rain. The tree is located in a irrigated perennial bed. Doing very well, no mildew or other diseases.

The white flowers makes it the most attractive Crepe Myrtle and most versatile, in my opinion. It pairs well with any color bloom. The bark is stunning, and especially lovely in winter. Trained into three main trunks, it's very graceful in any season.

Positive Suze_ On Jul 3, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of my favorite crepes -- love the larger leaves, interesting bark, and bright white flowers.

Positive girlcalledenise On May 29, 2006, girlcalledenise from Burleson, TX wrote:

Burleson is the Crepe Myrtle capital of Texas

Positive aviator8188 On Jul 16, 2004, aviator8188 from Murphysboro, IL (Zone 7a) wrote:

The most beautiful of Natchez and Lagerstroemia indica can be seen in Savannah, Georgia. Many of them tower over the roofs of the two story tall houses throughout the historic district. Some specimens in the Savannah area are over 40' tall, with an astronomical amount of blooms! If you are planning on planting one of these "tree" Crapes, make sure you give them plenty of room, at least 15' from any structure.

Positive suncatcheracres On Nov 18, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I grew two of these trees in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, and my son, who owns this property, occasionally sends me e-mail pictures of these trees, as they are fast growers, to 30 feet, and can be spectacular looking when covered in blooms. Natchez is one of the most mildew-resistant cultivars of crape myrtles and is one of the many varieties developed by the National Arboretum, all of which varieties are named for Indian Tribes. They are hybrids of L. indica and L. fauriei.

The largest and most beautiful specimens of Natchez I have ever seen are growing over the patio in front of the gift shop at famed Calloway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Seeing the height Natchez can reach--most crape mystles are small trees, and some are really just shrubs--and the unusual peeling red bark, sent me on a search for Natchez trees, which I then found often cost much more than other crape myrtles in plant nurseries.

These trees should never be drastically pruned, as this hinders their development into a tall and spectacularly spreading tree. The peeling red bark is quite dramatic, and the white flowers go with any landscaping color scheme. I love all crape myrtle colors, but some of the intensely bright pink ones often clash, to my eye, with other flowers.

The Natchez trees in my son's yard are planted in shrub and flower borders and are tall enough to be underplanted with various bulbs and perennials--very early purple Dutch iris and white crocus, and later white hyacinths and yellow daffodils. Perennial maroon hollyhocks and purple drumstick alliums provide color in the summer. In the fall my son dumps shredded oak leaves in the beds that he picks up with his large bagging lawn mower, and the decomposing leaf mulch is just about all the "fertilizer" these plants ever get or need.

Just yesterday I acquired a baby Natchez from a friend's yard. It was about eight feet tall, and was a sucker from a 20 foot tall mother plant whose peeling bark is a really deep red this time of year. This sucker had come up about 10 feet from the mother tree, and there was a long, thick root connecting them underground.

Once I got it home, I trimmed back the roots of my young plant, and also trimmed back to just the three tallest leaders, and cut off all of the remaining leaves on the tips, and planted it in my sunniest new flower bed, with a tall stake to keep it upright in the wind. I was outside past dark last night--fortunately I have a strong outdoor light--trying to get this plant into the ground, because I'm so anxious to have it survive in its new home.

This large new flower bed has some high and low spots, so it is a mixture of plants--some like wetter conditions than others, and the water lovers are grouped together down at one low end. The new Natchez is on a high spot, but all of this bed is very well drained, as my Northcentral Florida, zone 8b soil is a sandy loam. I've already planted some wine-red day lilies, a few white ginger lilies, one white cat's whiskers, some blue-purple salvia and some gold lantana, so the white flowers and deep red color of the peeling bark of Natchez will fit right in. Now I'm looking for some pink flowered crape myrtle for my new "cream and pink" bed, which so far has just a few plants.

Positive dogbane On Nov 17, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The bark of this Crape Myrtle has cinnamon colored patches, making it stand out amongst the Crapes. The only somewhat disappointing thing is the white flowers - the bright blooms of most other Crapes is their advantage.

Regional...

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

Atmore, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Chino Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Sonoita, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Benton, Arkansas
Houston, Arkansas
Carlsbad, California
Paradise, California
Vista, California
Windsor, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Plant City, Florida
Trenton, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Rincon, Georgia
Frankfort, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Ethel, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana (2 reports)
Prairieville, Louisiana
Adamstown, Maryland
Clarksburg, Maryland
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Lusby, Maryland
Riverdale, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Brandon, Mississippi
Florence, Mississippi
Gautier, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
Piscataway, New Jersey
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Bronx, New York
East Hampton, New York
Broadway, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Jamestown, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Philomath, Oregon
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Bluffton, South Carolina
Greer, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Townville, South Carolina
Germantown, Tennessee
Iron City, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Alice, Texas
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Belton, Texas
Burleson, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Freeport, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Keller, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Plano, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Hampton, Virginia
Oakton, Virginia
Urbanna, Virginia
Huntington, West Virginia



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