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 good. Once in the early mornings and again before sunset. 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.
Crape Myrtle Photos and Descriptions
Be sure to feed your plant regularly with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Peter’s professional 20-20-20 analysis. This will keep your leaves healthy-looking and adds great color to your blossoms.
There are many varieties of crape myrtles available at Color Your World Nurseries. Below are some of the more common ones. Here are photos and descriptions of many types of Crape Myrtles.
Enduring Summer™ Red Crape Myrtle
A Crape Myrtle that will bloom from early summer until late fall. Stunning dark red flowers with clusters that will make your neighbors want to know where did you get that? Glossy dark green foliage will then turn a burgundy red in fall. Will do well in a container specimen, or in the landscape as a single accent or in groupings. Drought Tolerant plant and disease resistant. It is a shorter Crape Myrtle about 5 ft. tall and wide great for smaller landscape yards.
Landscaping with Crape Myrtles
Crape Myrtle Photos and Descriptions
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 stand-alone specimen or plant in groups for an explosion of color in the landscape and year-round interest. They thrive in full sun and are deciduous. Moderate growth 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Water daily the first 2 weeks after planting. The Dynamite crape myrtle will tolerate less 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 with a bronze cast in spring, bright green in summer, and 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. It can easily be trimmed into a tree or leave alone and make it a large bush. Grows about 20ft. tall and 15ft. wide.
The Ebony Fire Crape Myrtle
Produces crimson almost black foliage and gorgeous bright red flowers. It will lose its leaves in the wintertime but will regenerate new growth in late mid-April. It likes lots of water in the first 3-4 years after initial planting but can tolerate less water once it becomes established. This Crape myrtle will bloom in about mid-summer until mid-fall prune off the expired blooms for a new burst of flowers.
The growth rate is about 10-12 ft. tall and about 8 ft. wide. Considered a medium-sized crape myrtle perfect for the small backyard. The USDA zone for this plant is 7-9.
Tuscarora Crape Myrtles
Beautiful dark pink flowers on this tree. It is a more cold hardy than other crape myrtles this one will also bloom longer especially if you prune off the expired seed pods. It will grow into a nice small-sized tree about 12-15 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Plant two or three in a row for a massive explosion of dark pink color in late spring until about mid-summer.
Grows in USDA zones 6-9
Petite Plum Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Monum’ Another 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. You can see photos of the Crape Myrtles over at Monrovia.com website.
Problems with Crape Myrtles
Powdery Mildew is a fungus that will infect these plants. Too much shade and water overspray at the main causes. A white powdery substance will cover the buds making them hard to open. The leaves will also show signs of stress. The solution is to spray with a good plant fungus spray. Neem Oil is a good organic alternative it should be applied about three or four times before you start to see results.
Crape Myrtles are hardy plants and insects rarely attack them. But on occasion, there is an Aphid that will attack the foliage. You will find them underneath the leaves of the plants and these insects will suck on the stems and leaves leaving an indention and a yellow spot. Spray with neem oil to kill this Crape Myrtle Insect.
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