Catawba Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'
|Description||Displays large, long lasting clusters of dark purple crepe-like flowers. Handsome foliage has bronze hue in spring, is bright green in summer, and turns vibrant orange-red in autumn. Mildew resistant. Develops a nicely shaped naturally rounded dome as it matures. Deciduous.|
|Watering||Water deeply when soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 14 ft. wide.|
|Design Ideas||This Crape Myrtle is among the few plants that flower profusely in late summer. It can be kept small enough to fit into city gardens as accent or cover-up. If left alone, it can mature into a large size and be used as a street tree that casts considerable shade. Can be trained as a single- or multi-trunk for a wider canopy that supports a greater number of flowers. Plant where you can enjoy its beautiful multicolored bark and sinuous branches in beds, borders, and huge ceramic pots.|
|Companion Plants||Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Lilyturf (Liriope); Mexican Heather (Cuphea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Daylily (Hemerocallis)|
|Care||Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring. leaving 3-7 main trunks or canopy branches. Prune to remove suckers from older trees.|
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