• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree, Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasSmall trees are perfect in the front yard to call attention to the entry or at other important points without crowding in foundation beds. Use in the backyard as a focal point in the view of oft used windows and sliders. Excellent choice around patios for color, enclosure and light filtered shade at maturity. Makes a super sideyard privacy screen with lots of interest for adjacent windows.
    Companion PlantsCombine this little crape myrtle with stellar Mediterraneans such as Jerusalem Sage, (Phlomis lanata), French Lavender, (Lavandula dentata candicans), Tuscan Blue Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'), and Lavendercotton, (Santolina chamaecyparissus). Equally beautiful with semiformal plants such as Smooth Melody Thornless Hybrid Tea Rose, (Rosa x 'Smooth Melody'), Flower Carpet® Red Groundcover Rose, (Rosa x 'Noare'), Purple Fountain Grass, (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Reduce frequency once established; tolerates some drought. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove emerging suckers from base of older trees.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Crape myrtles from the South Pacific arrived in Charleston, South Carolina where botanist Andre Michaux was the first to cultivate them around 1786. They grew at Mount Vernon in the 18th century and remain popular throughout the south where this cultivar was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia, Athens.
    Lore:
    Crape myrtles from the South Pacific arrived in Charleston, South Carolina where botanist Andre Michaux was the first to cultivate them around 1786. They grew at Mount Vernon in the 18th century and remain popular throughout the south where this cultivar was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia, Athens.