Crapemyrtle (Crape Myrtle)
- Fast-growing shrub
- Striking pink flowers, handsome bark, and attractive fall foliage
- Great for hot and sunny climates
- Considerable drought-tolerance once established
- Great for hedges and screens
- Zones 7 to 9
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 7 - 9
The Common Crapemyrtle can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Common Crapemyrtle falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Shrubs
15' - 25' High
The Common Crapemyrtle grows to be 15' - 25' feet in height.
6' - 15' Spread
The Common Crapemyrtle has a spread of about 6' - 15' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This crapemyrtle does well in full sun.
Tolerates a wide variety of soils from slightly alkaline to acidic, dry, but prefers moist, well drained sites.
This crapemyrtle has vase shape.
Striking flowers, handsome bark, and attractive fall foliage all combine to make the crapemyrtle a favorite landscape shrub. It is particularly well suited for the hot, sunny climates of the southern and southwestern United States. Once established, it will tolerate considerable drought. A beautiful specimen tree, it is often used in groupings, containers, hedges and screens, urban settings, and as a small street tree. A great abundance of cultivars have been selected for size, flower color, disease resistance, and cold hardiness. These particular Crapemyrtle seedlings are grown from seed or cuttings.
The common crapemyrtle is a native of China and Korea. It is called the "lilac of the South." The number of cultivars is enormous. Among these, the U.S. National Arboretum introductions are important for their disease resistance, good flowering, and ornamental bark.
Prefers moist soil but has good drought tolerance.
The leaves are opposite or the upper alternate, simple, 1-2 3/4" long, 3/4-1 1/2" wide, oval to oblong, lustrous medium to dark green with showy, yellow, orange or red colors in the fall. White flowered trees produce yellow fall color.
Pink 6-8" long, 3-5" wide showy panicles on new growth.
late spring and summer into fall.
Striking pink flowers, handsome bark, and attractive fall foliage all combine to make the Crapemyrtle a favorite landscape shrub. It is particularly well-suited for the hot, sunny climates of the southern and southwestern United States. Once established, it will tolerate considerable drought. A beautiful specimen tree, it is often used in groupings, containers, hedges and screens, urban settings, and as a small street tree. A great abundance of cultivars have been selected for size, flower color, disease resistance, and cold hardiness. (zones 7-9)
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