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Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle, Catawba)

Crape Myrtle, Catawba

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

Lagerstroemia is a genus with over 50 species and numerous cultivars to offer trees, shrubs, and weeping shrubs that can be utilized for just about any purpose in the landscape. Crape Myrtles are primarily grown for their long-lasting blooms – up to 120 days!  Most species also have a smooth bark that sheds thin layers throughout the year, uncovering inner bark that is shades of gray or even cinnamon-red.


'Catawba' is a medium sized tree, with a fine rich purple bloom color. 


Flowers begin to emerge in the early summer after foliage, in panicles of crinkled small flowers with a crepe-like feel and look. They last longer if the plant is not terribly overwatered. When the blooms finally being to drop, they are followed by a large number of capsule fruits that can weigh down the branches. If it’s still early in the ear, prune the fruits to promote another round of flowering. If untrimmed, the large green fruits will dry out, turning into black husk that split open to release numerous small seeds.


Blooms only appear on new branches, so it’s not uncommon to prune them in the winter. Unfortunately, larger specimens are often butchered back severely to encourage additional branches and many more blooms. Since most crape myrtles recover nicely, they are routinely victimized by those without taste.  


Simple opposite green leaves emerge early in the spring, and vary in size according to the cultivar. They turn a lovely shade of red, orange, or yellow in the fall. Crape Myrtles appreciate moist soils, but tolerate dry conditions once they are established.


 

Blooming Tree
Accent Tree

Flower Color:

Purple

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Height

20 Feet

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Spread

20 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 7a

Available Sizes:

Item Description
CRA-CAT-05 CRAPE MYRTLE, PURPLE
CRA-CAT-15 CRAPE MYRTLE, PURPLE
CRA-CAT-45 CRAPE MYRTLE, PURPLE

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Medium
Exposure
Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit
Deciduous
Water Needs
Medium