Red Crape Myrtles

Red Flowering Crape Myrtles

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A Crape Myrtle that blooms all summer long.  The Enduring Summer™ Red Crape Myrtle.

Red Flowering Crape Myrtles.  The thing about this Crape Myrtle is that it seems to bloom all summer long. And if you trim off the expired blooms it will bloom until mid-fall. Drought resistant plant once it becomes established usually around the 3rd year.

 

Red Flowering Crape Myrtles

It will grow about 4-5 tall and wide.  Glossy dark green foliage that will turn a nice burgundy red during the fall seasons.  They love the full hot sun but water daily the first 2-3 weeks after initial planting.  Then use a good drip system and set it about 30 minutes every other day.


Red Flowering Crape Myrtles
Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle in front of a Southwestern style home.

 

Closeup of Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle

Red Flowering Crape Myrtles
Red flowering crape myrtle. Enduring Crape Myrtle

The Red Dynamite Crepe Myrtle pictured below.  This Crepe Myrtle will grow much taller about 15-20 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide than the Enduring Summer ™ red Crape Myrtle.

A traditional brick house with a landscaped yard with a blooming crepe myrtle

 

Problems with this plant

The most common problem with Crape Myrtles is the leafcutter bee also known as Mason bees.  It will cut a perfect half-moon cut into the foliage.  The bee will then take the cuttings and turn it into its nest.  Use Garlic Barrier to repel this type of bee.  Learn more about the leafcutter bee here.

Leafcutter bee damage to a rose bush leaves below.  It will basically do the same damage to your Crape Myrtles and other thin-leaved foliage.

July Gardening Tips

Other problems are powdery mildew and aphids.  Spraying with a fungicide with help with powdery mildew.  Neem Oil is a good organic alternative to harsh chemicals.  This oil will actually control both problems.  Using horticultural oil in early spring will prevent aphid larvae from hatching during the growing seasons.  Read more about insects and diseases here. 

More Red Flowering Crape Myrtles photos and care at Landscaping with crape myrtles.

Red Flowering Crape Myrtles

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