Japanese Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Natchez'

Lagerstroemia x fauriei

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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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)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

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

Corsicana, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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!!!!


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.


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

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


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

Burleson is the Crepe Myrtle capital of Texas


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.


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 peel... read more


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.