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What are the Different Types of Crape Myrtle Trees
Gardeners’ love of flowering crepe myrtle trees has led to the creation of more than 100 different varieties and many series, which range in size from the dwarf, small, medium and large. Each type has a signature shade of color to describe its blossoms. The flower colors range from pure white (Natchez) to Bright Red (Red Rocket).
Color and size are not the only differences between these flowering crape myrtle tree varieties. Their growing zones also vary. Most flowering crape myrtle trees can grow in zones six to nine, while some like the crape myrtle dynamite are suitable for homes in zone 10. Crepe myrtle or Lagerstroemia indica, grow best in warmer regions of the United States, including zone 6.
Newer varieties are coming out every year which extend the growing zones further north. Many of the more modern types are frost-hardy; so for the first time that southern color can be seen in northern gardens. Crape Myrtles are easy to grow as well as fast-growing.
Not only are Crepe Myrtles colorful all summer long in flower, but they have beautiful fall color as well. Many Crepes have attractive bark which can be seen in the winter, so they bring interest to your garden all year round.
Garden Goods Direct is home to several of these eye-catching varieties. Whether you spell it, Crepe Myrtle or Crape Myrtle, we are positive you'll find a type to suit your needs.
Why Plant Crape Myrtle Trees?
The beautiful blossoms of flowering crape myrtle trees entice many gardeners. Sometimes called the Lilac of the South. Its role within landscapes ranges from a specimen tree to long hedge that produces an explosion of color.
For homes in warmer climates, flowering crape myrtle trees are also a no-fuss beauty. Once they’re established, their high heat and drought tolerance makes them easy to maintain and appreciate throughout the summer. Plus, they love full sun.
Planting all varieties of crape myrtles is as simple as choosing a sunny spot with well-drained soils.
Choosing the Right Variety of Flowering Crape Myrtle Trees
When browsing flowering crape myrtle trees for sale, you’ll see there’s plenty of excellent choices at Garden Goods Direct. How do you choose the right variety for your home, though? Consider how you want to use the tree and your climate.
Check your growing zone and make sure you’re in zone six — at least. Then, think about how you want to use your trees in your landscape. If you’re using them as a focal point among low-lying plants, consider how you want their colors to contrast or blend. Or, if you’re creating a mixed border, think of the role your tree will play.
We classify our Crape Myrtles into two categories Tree Type which grow to 10 feet tall or taller. Our Shrub Crape Myrtles are better suited for the mixed border, or smaller gardens can be viewed HERE.
How to Care for Flowering Crape Myrtle Trees
As with any ornamental tree, it’s essential to know how to care for flowering crape myrtle trees. What our nursery experts recommend is giving your tree a proper, deep watering as it establishes itself. The rule of thumb is to count to five for every gallon in your tree’s pot.
Fertilizing and mulching are optional, but their effect is as noticeable as your tree’s blooms. Mulch creates a polished look and provides much-needed nutrients. Our choice for fertilizer is Bio-tone, which we use for all our plants. For plenty of blooms, it’s best to prune during the late winter or right before spring.
Pruning Crape Myrtles is very easy. Since they bloom on new wood pruning should be done in the early spring before the new growth begins. There are many schools of thought on the pruning of Crape Myrtles. Our recommendation is to remove the previous year's flower panicles and allow it to regrow.
Dwarf varieties and small trees will need less pruning than the more substantial tree forms. At most, you will never want to remove more than one-third of the plant at any one time.
If you want to grow your Crape Myrtles as a tree-form Crepe, prune away the lower branches of the Crepe until your tree is the height you want it to be.
Crape Myrtles for the North
If you're a gardener in Zones 3 - 5, you can still use Crape Myrtle as a gorgeous "Thriller" in a seasonal container. Smaller Crape Myrtles will provide you with months of summer color. Pair your Crape with a contrasting "Filler" and "Spiller," and you are on your way to turning heads all across your northern neighborhood.
In late fall, bring the container into the unheated garage for the winter. Give your plant watering once a month to keep the roots from becoming overly dry. In the spring, after the threat of frost is passed, bring it back out to enjoy another summer of constant color.
Contact Garden Goods to Buy Crape Myrtle Trees Today
When you’re searching for a striking, hardy ornamental tree, flowering crape myrtle trees are an excellent choice. At America’s number one online garden center, you’ll find Woodie-approved flowering crape myrtle trees for sale that we’ve nurtured from seed.
Start your next gardening foray by ordering crape myrtle trees from Garden Goods Direct today! When you are ready to buy Crape Myrtle Trees Online send us an email, and we'll be happy to make some recommendations based on your needs. We have an extensive collection of both tree and shrub form Crapes and we confident you'll find what you need.