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.
Arapahoe is another of the red Crape Myrtles. With its smaller size and brilliant coloration, it is a great addition to the landscape. As with most reds it can be hard to find particularly in the larger sizes.
Biloxi Crape Myrtle is a beautiful medium to dark pink coloring tree valued for its color and spreading growth habit. As with all Crape Myrtles, this tree has beautiful trunk and bark structures making it a beauty in the landscape even during the Winter months.
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.
As one of the true reds, Dynamite Crape Myrtle adds incredible beauty to the landscape. Smaller in stature and a slower growth rate make this a wonderful addition if you can find it. As it is a slow grower, it is challenging to find Dynamites in larger sizes.
Miami Crape Myrtle is one of the larger pinks in cultivation. It grows moderately fast and has a spread almost equal to its height. If you have room in the landscape, this is a great cultivar to include in your landscape
Muskogee Crape Myrtle is valued for it’s light lavender blooms, robust growth and beautiful smooth trunking and bark habits. If you have the room and want this color, you should consider this beautiful cultivar.
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.
With its unique shade of pink, Pink Velour Crape Myrtle lends a beautiful color to any landscape. Plants tend to grow slow and taller without the wide spread of some cultivars.
One of our favorites! Tuscarora Crape Myrtle literally explodes with blossoms and has a wonderful spread and height as well as trunk beauty. It’s unique shade of pink adds immense beauty to the landscape.
Tuskeegee Crape Myrtle is a beautiful large growing medium pink with good resistance to mildew that adds a great accent to the garden. It tends to have a taller stature than its width which makes it a good choice for narrower spaces.