Crape Myrtles plants love full sun and rich loamy soil, they like humidity and can tolerate the southwestern heat. Providing they get plenty of water when first planted. They do like circulation so be sure to plant them away from other heavy foliage trees or plants.
Newly planted Crape Myrtles need lots of water, preferably twice a day in the desert southwest is ideal. Be sure to apply ample mulch around the plant to hold in moisture.
If leaves start to turn a yellowish color, add a fertilizer with iron or apply about 1/2 cup of “IRONITE” to the shrub. Be sure to prune off the old seed head to extend the blooming season. Prune any dead wood as it appears at any time of the year. You can keep its natural shape as you prune when the plant is leafless.
Be sure to feed your plant regularly with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Peters professional 20-20-20 analysis. This will keep your leaves healthy looking and add great color to your blossoms.
There are many varieties of crape myrtles available at Color Your World Nurseries. Below are some photos and descriptions of many types of Crape Myrtles.
Landscaping with Crape Myrtles
The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Tuscarora’
Bright Coral Pink Blooms. They start blooming around May and will last until August. Make them bloom longer by pruning off the expired blooms. Give them lots of water when first planted.
But will become moderate watering after the 3rd year of growth. The foliage will turn a nice reddish color for fall time. Grows to about 15ft. tall and wide. Loves full sun.
Crape Myrtles for the Southwest
Dynamite Red – Lagerstroemia indica ‘Whit II’ Attractive ornamental shrub or small tree with smooth, peeling bark. Showy, ruffled, fire-red flowers bloom all summer followed by vibrant orange-red fall foliage.
Excellent specimen or plant in groups for an explosion of color in the landscape and year-round interest. Full sun. Deciduous. Moderate growth 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Water daily the first 2 weeks after planting. moderate watering after the 3rd year of growth.
Catawba Crapemyrtle – Lagerstroemia indica ‘Catawba’. Displays large, long-lasting clusters of dark purple crepe-like flowers in summer. Handsome foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer, orange-red fall color.
Mildew resistant. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate-growing to a rounded dome 15 ft tall, 14 ft wide. Landscaping with Crape Myrtles.
Muskogee Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Muskogee’
Numerous bright light lavender-pink flowers appear amid glossy green foliage that turns red in fall. The cinnamon-colored bark is smooth, peeling to a shiny light gray. A large shrub or small tree that makes an excellent specimen or group planting. This Crape Myrtle is the hardiest of them all. Can easily be trimmed into a tree or leave alone and make it a large bush. Grows about 20ft. tall and 15ft. wide.
Petite Plum – Lagerstroemia indica ‘Monum‘ Smaller Crape Myrtle perfect for a small landscaping area. Dwarf, upright branched shrub topped by a profusion of plum crepe-like blooms in the heat of summer. Grows to 5 maybe 7ft. tall and wide. A good specimen to use in a large container.
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