All you need to know about Crape Myrtle Trees

How to Care for Crape Myrtles

Also known as lagerstroemia, Crapemyrtle, and Crepe Myrtle, these flowering trees are extremely low maintenance once they are established. Water deeply with a hose at the tree base 2 to 3 times per week for the first 2 to 3 months after planting. They tolerate heat and drought and are adaptable to any well-draining soil. We recommend fertilizing in spring with a slow release fertilizer for the best Crape Myrtle flowers and the fastest growth.

When to Plant Crape Myrtles

In mild climates a Crape Myrtle bush or tree can be planted at anytime. In tropical areas refrain from planting in summer. Avoid planting Crape Myrtles in winter in colder climates that are the extreme for the growing zone range.

When & How to Prune Crape Myrtles

Late winter is the best choice for heavy pruning. Remove dead, broken, or diseased branches when you notice them. Many Crape Myrtles don’t require pruning although a little pruning here and there can benefit your tree immensely. Trim small branches with pruners at the juncture where they meet the lateral branch or trunk, or right above a bud that is facing away from the tree. For large branches, use loppers or a pruning saw to prune to the branch collar, not flush with the trunk.

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When do Crape Myrtles Bloom?

Bloom time varies slightly depending on the area, the weather, and the variety of Crepe Myrtle tree you choose. But these trees have a long bloom time and flower throughout most of the summer. Generally you will see the first Crape Myrtle flowers in late June or early July.

Small (Dwarf) Crape Myrtles

(Less than 10 feet tall at Maturity)

Medium Crape Myrtles

(10 to 20 feet tall at Maturity)

Large Crape Myrtles

(20 to 30 feet tall at Maturity)

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