Some of the Best Crape Myrtle Selections

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This article provides information about the best Crape Myrtles and how to grow and care for them
by Brett · Zone 4B · -25° to -20° F to Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F · Trees · 2 Comments · August 27, 2011 · 29,473 views

There are many, many varieties of Crape Myrtle. Below is a very short list of some of my favorites.

Acoma - A semi-dwarf with a weeping habit that grows to about 10' tall with an equal spread. Can be tree-formed or left to grow naturally into a large mound that becomes covered in white flowers during the summer. The dark green foliage turns shades of red and orange in fall. Excellent mildew resistance.

Natchez - Features large, white flower clusters for up to 100 days during summer! Grows 25' tall with a spread up to 20'. Has a broad, weeping canopy. The large, oblong, dark green leaves turn to red and orange in fall and contrast nicely with the cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark. A great choice where a larger tree is desired. Excellent mildew resistance.

Muskogee - Features large, light lavender flower clusters for up to 100 days during Summer! Upright habit to 25' tall and up to 20' wide with a broad, weeping canopy. The large, oblong, dark green leaves turn to red and orange in fall and contrast nicely with the tan to gray bark. A great choice where a larger tree is desired. Excellent mildew resistance.

Tuscarora - Features large, deep pink (watermelon-color) flower clusters for up to 100 days during summer! Upright habit to 16-20' tall with a broad canopy to 12-16' wide. The large, dark green leaves turn to red and orange in fall and contrast nicely with the tan bark. A great choice where a larger tree is desired. Excellent mildew resistance.

Tonto - A semi-dwarf that features an abundance of large, deep pink (watermelon-red) flower clusters for up to 100 days during summer! An upright growth habit to 10' tall with a broad rounded canopy to 8' wide. The dark green leaves turn to deep maroon in fall and contrast nicely with the light tan bark.

Sioux - Features an abundance of large, intense pink flower clusters for up to 100 days during summer! An upright habit from 10-16' tall with a broad, rounded canopy 8-12' wide. The dark green leaves turn to deep purple and red in fall and contrast nicely with the light tan bark. A great selection where a mid-size tree is desired. Excellent mildew resistance.

Catawba - Features an abundance of large, purple flower clusters for up to 100 days during summer! An upright habit from 12-20' tall with a broad, rounded canopy 8-12' wide. The dark green leaves turn to burgundy and red in fall and contrast nicely with the exfoliating tan bark. A great selection where a mid-size tree is desired. Excellent mildew resistance.

Dynamite - One of my personal favorites. Features an abundance of large, true-red flower clusters for up to 100 days during summer! An upright habit from 12-20' tall with a broad, rounded canopy 8-16' wide. The dark green leaves turn to orange and red in fall and contrast nicely with the light tan bark. A great selection where a mid-size tree is desired. Excellent mildew resistance.


You can buy Crape Myrtle trees at GardenerDirect.com



Shirley Salmen

Shirley Salmen · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
We chose to plant a beautiful red Arapaho for our front side. It is gorgeous and goes well with our gold mediteranian style home with a red tile roof. We are looking for dwarfs to plant in the area also.

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Gardenality.com

Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I really like Arapaho as well:-) Here's a link to some dwarf crape myrtles that are on the market: http://www.gardenality.com/Search/#Tab=Plants&PageIndex=1&PageSize=10&PlantSearch=null&SortBy=undefined&SearchText=dwarf crape&Attributes=null

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