Since it’s introduction in the antebellum South during the 1800’s, Crape Myrtles have become a staple of the Southern garden. In recent years, gardeners along the Eastern seaboard have successfully pushed some cultivars of the Crape Myrtle along the coast as far north as Cape Cod.
With new cultivars coming out almost every year, gardeners can get Crapes in almost every color and size ranging from dwarfs like Pocomoke at about 12″ to the original Japanese variety called Townhouse which can reach 50 feet. Home and Garden Landscapes has a fantastic selection of mature specimen quality Crapes for your landscape. Below is a partial inventory of our Crape Myrtle selection.
With it’s grape colored blooms and smaller stature, Catawba Crape Myrtle is prized in the landscape. It grows about as wide as it will tall and works well in landscapes needing a smaller size Crape Myrtle. If you have a sunny spot and can find this plant, we highly recommend it. It is harder to find in cultivation due to it’s slow growth habit.
The Carolina Beauty cultivar of Crape Myrtle is a favorite due to its watermelon colored blooms, medium growth habit and spread and beautiful trunking. Widely planted in the southeast, Carolina Beauty needs full sun to lessen their susceptibility to mildew. These trees also have a very wide spread when mature which must be taken into consideration with placement.
We can’t say enough good things about this wonderful variety of Crape Myrtle. Natchez Crape Myrtle is treasured in the landscape due to it’s beautiful mottled cinnamon bark and rapid growth. It’s white blooms may lack the pop of some of the hotter pinks and reds but it more than makes up for it with it’s trunk coloration.
Plant this beauty where it has room to spread and where you can enjoy it’s bloom colors as well as it’s trunk colors in the fall and winter.
Home and Garden Landscapes has planted hundreds of these over the years and we highly recommend you consider this tree for your landscape.