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Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Catawba'

Lagerstroemia indica

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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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Huntsville, Alabama

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

Loch Sheldrake, New York

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 17, 2015, bobnalabama from Birmingham, AL wrote:

Beautiful, deep purple blooms from July until frost here in the South. Blooms are so profuse, I have to prune back smaller branches to stronger ones each spring to prevent the weight of the blooms from breaking weaker branches. Develops into a stunning, small tree for a small patio or courtyard.


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.


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


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.