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Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) are a favorite in the south - sometimes call the Southern Lilac. Their showy summer flowers, attractive multi-colored bark and brilliant fall color make them year-round garden performers. Selected and prized for their long summer bloom period, they are often called the plant of the 100 day bloom. Their stunning, unique winter architecture makes this plant exceed most landscape choices for four-season interest and appeal.
About this Variety
Crape Myrtle Red is a fast growing, medium sized tree with red blooms.
- Easy to grow
- Year-round interest
- Long bloom period
- Fast growing
- The essential Southern plant
Summer to Fall
Grows 15-25' tall
Plant 6-10' apart with the crown at soil level
Hardy in zones 7-9
Soil preparation: Crape Myrtle prefers rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Planting: Dig a hole 8-10" deep and wide enough so the roots can be spread apart. Return soil loosely to the depth needed by the plant, so that all of its roots will be covered with about 2" of soil. Place plant in hole, spread roots and fill with good loose garden soil. Watering: Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that water will reach roots. Mulching: Mulch to keep the soil cool and prevent soil from drying out. Fertilizing: Fertilize after planting and every 3 months during the growing season.
Crape Myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring. Remove basal suckers, twiggy growth, crossing branches and branches growing to the center of the plant. Also remove side branches up to a height of 4-5' - this exposes the handsome bark of the trunks.