Catawba Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
|Botanical Pronunciation||la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-dih-kuh|
|Average Size at Maturity||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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attractive Bark, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Pet Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, needs only occasional watering.|
|Key Feature||Showy 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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 7 - 9