Why Crape Myrtles Take the Stage This Summer

 
Crape Myrtle

Why Crape Myrtles Take the Stage This Summer

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply
07/03/2018
Categories: Blog, Drought Tolerant, Low Water Plants, Shrubs, Shrubs for Sacramento Area, Tree, Trees, Waterwise

A Popular Choice for Good Reason

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), gets its name from the abundant spires of crepe-like flowers that it bears in the warm, summer months. These showy flowers combined with attractive bark, beautiful fall foliage, water-wise properties and high durability have made Crape Myrtles a popular choice within Northern California landscapes.

Native to South East Asia, Australia, Oceania and the Indian sub-continent, Crape Myrtles are perfect candidates for the dry, hot regions of Northern California. Known to some as “living bouquets,” their floral tufts range in color from soft lavender to vivacious red and many shades in between. The Crape Myrtle comes in a wide variety of sizes and is available as a tree or shrub. Gardeners may choose from a dwarf that can remain as small as 5’ to a tree that can reach up to 30’ high.

How to Care For and Maintain Your Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle varieties are some of the most accommodating plants; they thrive in dry, full sun and require less maintenance than most trees and shrubs.

Follow these simple tips to help ensure its success in your garden:

  • Plant in a dry, full sun area and thoroughly soak the root ball at time of planting. Refer to our planting guide for the complete how-to on planting any tree or shrub.
  • Implement a deep watering schedule until your Crape Myrtle has become established (usually 3-5 years). Once established, the plant can survive on less water. Smaller trees will reach this point quicker than large trees.
  • Clip spent flowers to promote a round of additional flowering throughout the season.
  • Choose the right variety for your space to avoid unnecessary pruning. If needed, prune lightly in the winter and early spring.

Our Top-Picks This Season

These popular varieties of Crape Myrtle have won the hearts of many gardeners and landscapers alike, making them our top-picks of the season.

‘Dynamite’

Dynamite Crape Myrtle flowers

‘Twilight’

Crape Myrtle 'Twilight'

‘Tuscarora’

Crape Myrtle Tuscarora lg

‘Catawba’

Catawba Crape Myrtle

‘Natchez’

Natchez Crape Myrtle flower

‘Red Rocket’

Red rocket Crape Myrtle flowers

Check out our selection of sizes and varieties. Feel free to stop by any of our locations and we can help you find the perfect Crape Myrtle to fit your landscape.

Looking for More Water-Wise Inspiration?

Read on: Drought Tolerant Plants, a list of water-wise plants that do well in our climate.