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Crapemyrtle

Growing Crapemyrtles
Care and Uses of Crapemyrtle Plants in the Garden

Botanical and Common Name: Lagerstroemia indica is the scientific name for the crapemyrtle. Hardiness Zones: Most crapemyrtles are hardy through zone 7, but recent developments have produced some crapemyrtles that are hardy through zone 6 as noted below. Bloom Time and Color: Crapemyrtle plants often begin blooming mid-late summer and bloom into fall. See specific crapemyrtle cultivar information for those with extended bloom periods. Plant Category: Crapemyrtles are deciduous plants and can be grown as large shrubs, or gently pruned into multi-stemmed tree-form plants. Foliage: Since they are deciduous plants crapemyrtles loose their leaves in the fall. Often the new growth each spring is wine or maroon colored and some crapemyrtles have attractively colored fall foliage as well. Growth Habit: Crapemyrtles are usually upright growing shrubs that can be pruned into tree form plants and grown as small, multi-stemmed trees. The foliage growth is generally upright and slightly rounded or oval shaped. Dimensions: Crapemyrtles can reach about 15-20' in height and 6' spread unless otherwise noted. Preferred Conditions: One of the best things about growing crapemyrtles is the ease with which they adapt to almost any soil condition. As long as the soil doesn't hold excess moisture crapemyrtles will grow well. Provide full sun for the best blooms but light shade will also be tolerated. Once established crapemyrtles are highly drought tolerant and would only need supplemental watering in times of prolonged drought. Maintenance: Prune your crapemyrtle plants lightly, if at all. While pruning is necessary to remove dead limbs and to keep crapemyrtles in a tree form growth habit, many crapemyrtles are horribly over-pruned unwittingly. Many of the newer, disease resistant varieties do not need much pruning at all. Pests or Diseases: Powdery mildew and leaf spot are the two most common problems for crapemyrtles. Resistance levels are noted in the specific cultivar information below. Propagation Methods: Crapemyrtles can be grown from seed or from rooted cuttings. Most of these crapemyrtles are easy to root from cuttings whether softwood or hardwood cuttings. Companion Plants: Crapemyrtles make excellent specimens for a full sun garden and companions that are suited to similar growing conditions include Echinacea,, Coreopsis, Sedum, Achillea and Salvias. Seasons of Interest: Crapemyrtles are a four-season plant with exfoliating winter bark (http://plantsbulbs.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_bark_to_add_winter_beauty), maroon spring foliage, summer blooms that extend to the fall and often fall foliage colors. Uses in the Garden: Great low-maintenance plant to use in masses to line a driveway, fence row or provide a summer screen for outdoor seating area. Consider making one larger specimen the focal point of a full-sun garden planting. Crapemyrtles are perfect for out-of-the-way corners where a "high maintenance" plant would die from neglect. These tough plants are beautiful and carefree! Varieties and Cultivars: Filligee Crapemyrtles Fleming Filligrees™ Coral Filli Fleming Filligree™ This coral flowering crape only reaches 12"-18" tall and wide. Perfect for borders and mass planting. The Filli Crapemyrtles are the only Crapes know to in survive zone 4.For more info on purchasing this item click here. Fleming Filligrees™ Red Filli This red flowering crape only reaches 12"-18" tall and wide. Perfect for borders and mass planting. The Filli Crapemyrtles are the only Crapes know to in survive zone 4.For more info on purchasing this item click here. Fleming Filigrees ™ Violet Filli This violet flowering crape only reaches 12"-18" tall and wide. Perfect for borders and mass planting. The Filli Crapemyrtles are the only Crapes know to in survive zone 4.For more info on purchasing this item click here. Low Growing Crapemyrtles Orchid Cascade Orchid-lavender blooms cascade down to the ground in summer on this compact plant that grows only 12 to 16 inches high by 3 to 4 feet wide. The second outstanding crapemyrtle by B. Hambuchen Nursery. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Rosey Carpet Crapemyrtle Rose-pink blooms cover this distinctive horizontal-growing ground cover Crapemyrtle. Profuse flower blossoms, and an extended flowering period, add to the unusual characteristics of this plant that grows 3-4 feet wide and only to a height of 4-12 inches with substantially no vertical growth at full maturity. Perfect for border planting and cascading over rock walls.For more info on purchasing this item click here. All of the following Crapemyrtles were developed by Dr. Carl Whitcomb at Oklahoma State University and are well-suited for clay or poor soils as well as exhibiting high resistance to powder mildew disease. Lagerstroemia indica 'Burgundy Cotton' Zones 6-9. One of the newest crapemyrtle introductions with white or pale pink flowers and bright yellow stamens. 12' tall. Blooms begin early in the season. High mildew resistance. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite' Zones 7-9. One of the first Dr. Whitcomb introductions 'Dynamite' Crapemyrtle won the 2002 Arkansas Select Plant Award. Highly resistant to mildew and moderately resistant to leaf spot. 15'x 8' with true red flowers mid-summer through frost. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Pink Velour' Zone7-9. Semi-dwarf crapemyrtle 8-12' tall. Burgundy spring foliage stays maroon for a long time contrasting with the vivid pink flowers. High mildew resistance. A 2003 Oklahoma Proven Selection and recipient of the 2007 Gold Medal Plant Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Rhapsody in Pink' Zone 7-9. Flowers appear in early summer and bloom through frost because the plants are sterile. Upright growth, light pink flowers and burgundy foliage make it a real eye-catcher. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Raspberry Sundae' Zone 6-9. Blooms begin in late summer and are deep pink with white petal edges. A sterile crapemyrtle that grows to 15' tall and has red-orange fall colored foliage. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket' Zone 6-9. A large crapemyrtle that reaches up to 20' tall and produces large, deep-red flower clusters. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Siren Red' Zone 6-9. Only 10' tall this crapemyrtle has some of the deepest red colored flowers yet. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Tightwad' Zones 6-9. A true dwarf crapemyrtle with crimson red flowers. Only 5' tall and sterile so no distracting seedpods. Long bloom season from early summer through to frost. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Other Varieties Acoma This semi-weeping medium sized crapemyrtle produces an abundence of white flowers mid summer until frost with attractive fall color. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Lagerstroemia indica 'Becky's Watermelon Red' Zone 6-9. A true "watermelon" pinky-red this 15' flowering crapemyrtle also has highly attractive winter bark texture. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Catawba A Dark purple flowering crapemyrtle, medium sized and produces an abundence of flowers mid summer until frost with attractive fall color.For more info on purchasing this item click here. Hopi A cold hardy pink flowering crapemyrtle, medium sized and produces an abundence of pink flowers mid summer until frost with attractive fall color. For more info on purchasing this item click here. NatchezThis larger sized crapemyrtle produces an abundence of white flowers mid summer until frost with attractive fall color.Cinnamon brown exfoliating bark is outstanding. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Tonto The best cold hardy red selection. This medium sized crapemyrtle produces an abundence of red flowers mid summer until frost with attractive fall color. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Zuni This medium sized crapemyrtle produces an abundence of lavender flowers mid summer until frost with attractive fall color. For more info on purchasing this item click here. This 'Plant Highlight' was written exclusively for Sooner Plant Farm by Angela England .To read more from this talented writer about other highlighted plants and interesting gardening stories click here. All copyrights reserved by Sooner Plant Farm. No reproduction of this article in whole or in part is allowed without the permission of Sooner Plant Farm.

 
 

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