Catawba Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

SKU
05470
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.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationla-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-dih-kuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 14 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Key FeatureShowy Summer Flowers

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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This Plant's Growing Zones: 7 - 9

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