Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Pink Velour'


Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Velour
Additional cultivar information:(PP10319; aka Whit III, Royal Velvet)
Hybridized by Whitcomb
Registered or introduced: 1998
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:


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:

Loma Linda, California

Vista, California

Naples, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Goodman, Missouri

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Sicklerville, New Jersey

East Hampton, New York

Broadway, North Carolina

Oak City, North Carolina

Enid, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Manning, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

Cordova, Tennessee

Germantown, Tennessee

Arp, Texas

Austin, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Huntsville, Texas

Joshua, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Palmer, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 5, 2017, LanfrancoLeo from Harrisburg, PA wrote:

Lovely Small tree!!
I bought mine from forest farm in very early spring of 2014 together with a bunch of other trees/bushes. Three years later after having experience with other crape myrtles I think I have a good idea of how this plant perform in Harrisburg PA.
The plant does not require huge amount of water: the rainfall here in PA is usually sufficient to keep well hydrated the plant without additional watering. I may had water a coupe of times in summer during the driest period..that is it.
The plant grow at I would say medium-low rate. At the beginning of the third year is about 5.6 feet starting from a 2.5-3.00 feet tall plant in 2014.
It bloom abundantly from a long period...From beginning of august up to middle of October. The flower display is stunning... read more


On Jul 7, 2015, rebsings from East Hampton, NY wrote:

We just know these pink velour crape myrtle twigs we received about 4 years ago, will eventually be gorgeous shrubs. Love the wine colored leaves. And the flowers that bloom are beautiful, but they are slow growers. We have 4 lined up as a backdrop in one section of our 50' long perennial garden and they will be stunning when they are full grown. We live in East Hampton, NY, zone 7 and despite a freezing winter, they all survived, although a few were slower to bloom this summer. I had almost given up, but just kept cutting back and watering and sure enough they have taken off. Have a total of 8 smaller shrubs right now. Love them. Very few people here seem to have crape myrtles.


On Aug 14, 2013, marsrover from Allentown, PA wrote:

I acquired my Pink Velour in late May 2008. It was originally intended to be a stand alone specimen in a twelve by fifteen foot space in the northwest corner of my backyard. Over the years, it has come to share that plot with about eighteen other plants. None-the-less, it continues to stand out. When in bloom, it is a favorite with visitors.
It emerges late (early May this year), and is generally trouble free. Occasional mildew and brittle new branches are the principle issues. Also, the branches do droop significantly when the large flower clusters are weighed down by rain. It is now a bit over nine feet tall.
A great plant.


On Apr 23, 2012, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful of all crepe myrtles with its vibrant pink color and dark burgundy foliage in the fall! It stays in an upright form and its branches do not lean toward the ground. Just lovely!


On Aug 4, 2009, Ed980 from Chattanooga, TN wrote:

The Pink Velour Crape Myrtle is one of the best crape myrtles to plant. The Pink velour's color is a very Vibrant pink but, not to dark. Also this crape myrtle does NOT have a Faded pink like ohter crape myrtle varities do. On a Scale of 1 to 10 I give this crape myrtle a 10+.


On Jan 31, 2009, kmhappel from Vista, CA wrote:

Pink Velour is an amazing crepe myrtle. The color is a nearly violent magenta red on masses of new branching. Leaves are dark green and go to red and bright yellow in fall. We keep them about six feet tall and trim to about six major canes each year. Some problems with powdery mildew. I have also grown one in a half wine barrel and it's doing fine. I bought seven of them online from Ecolage in Louisiana and they all did well and my 93 yr. mother is in love with them.


On Oct 11, 2005, clairesn from Germantown, TN wrote:

We moved into a house in Memphis that has this variety planted along a patio fence. They're still young trees and have a nice vase shape (like a miniature elm tree) when not topped and allowed to grow into their natural shape. The previous owners took cuttings and rooted a few more trees to add to the row. The cuttings look like bushes right now, but will soon assume the bare tan/brown trunks of their older source trees. Bloom period is supposed to be 120 days, but they've been blooming here even longer than that. They bloomed profusely all summer long and still have some blooms in mid-October. They are thriving in crummy Tennessee clay soil with a couple inches of good topsoil on the surface. I read in a number of online sources that this variety is supposed to get around 10 feet tall; ou... read more