Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Reaches 10 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Plant type:Shrub, Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Reaches 10 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Red
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasThe perfect small accent tree for urban and spatially challenged suburban yards. Ideal for front yard in the lawn or for largish planters near the front door. Line them up along the driveway for a late summer show. Blend into sweeping beds and borders to balance out spring blooming trees. Beautiful bark is exceptional up close for shading outdoor living spaces, porch and patio.
Companion PlantsBlend this casual styled plant with other relaxed perennials such as Marmalade Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Marmalade'), Farmington Michaelmas Daisy, (Aster novi-belgii 'Balco'), Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower, (Echinacea x 'CBG Cone 2') and Astilbe Colorflash Lime, (Astilbe arendsii 'Beauty of Lisse'). It's also a good balance for spring blooming Magical Gold Forsythia, (Forsythia intermeida 'Kolgold').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This species is native to a large region spanning the South Pacific from China to parts of northern Australia. It first arrived in Britain and named in 1759. But crape myrtle really flourished in America where botanist Andre Michaux, who owned a nursery in Charleston, South Carolina because the first to successfully cultivate them around 1786. It is recorded to have been grown in the early 18th century at historic sites around Mount Vernon and throughout the south where most of the contemporary cultivars were developed. Centennial Spirit is a new mildew resistant variety developed in 1981 and patented by Oklahoma State University.
Lore:
In its Asian habitat of origin, crape myrtle's famously smooth bark became known as "monkey slide".