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Like other Crape Myrtles, the Catawba is used as an ornamental tree, providing 3 seasons of interest from late spring to early fall.

The Catawba Crape has an extended flowering season lasting long into the fall. In spring, gorgeous purple flowers bloom, forming cone shaped clusters. In fact, the Catawba is one of the best purple flowering trees you can find!

The leaves surrounding these large, beautiful purple clusters are also bright and colorful. The foliage of the Catawba Crape Myrtle is green from spring to summer, enhancing the beauty of the purple flowers. In the fall, shades of orange and red attract the eye. Even in the winter it brings a pleasant sight. Like most Crape Myrtles, the Catawba has a peeling, cinnamon colored patched bark.

The Catawba Crape Myrtle is a small flowering tree. When matured it is 12 ft tall and 10 ft wide, forming a round dome shape. The Catawba thrives in full sunlight and rich, well draining soil.

Great for up-lighting!

Crape Myrtle Tree Comparisons
Variety Flower Color Bloom Time Zones Height (ft) Width (ft) Growth Rate
Black Diamond Best Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 8 1 - 2ft / yr
Black Diamond Crimson Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 8 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Mystic Magenta Magenta Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Purely Purple Purple July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6 - 10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Red Hot Red Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Shell Pink Pink Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Catawba Violet Purple July to Late Sept 7 - 9 15 12 1 - 2ft / yr
Coral Magic Salmon Pink Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Dynamite Cherry Red Early July to Oct 7 - 9 15 - 25 15 2 - 3ft / yr
Muskogee Lavender June to Oct 7 - 11 25 - 30 20 3 - 5ft / yr
Natchez White June to Oct 7 - 10 20 - 30 20 3 - 5ft / yr
Pink Velour Deep Pink Early July to Sept 7 - 10 8 - 10 10 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Plum Magic Pink Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Purple Magic Dark Purple Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Red Rocket Red July to Oct 7 - 9 20 - 30 15 3 - 5ft / yr

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Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil Type

Adaptable,

Mature Height

10-15 Feet

Mature Width

6-10 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Orange

Bloom Color

Purple

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

7-9

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AZ

Grows in Zones

7-9

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil Type

Adaptable

Mature Height

10-15 Feet

Mature Width

6-10 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Orange

Bloom Color

Purple

Botanical Name

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'


Shipping Restriction

AZ

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil Type

Adaptable,

Mature Height

10-15 Feet

Mature Width

6-10 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Orange

Bloom Color

Purple

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

7-9

Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Catawba Crape Myrtle to thrive. Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all. If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Catawba Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-9.

These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining. Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it. Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease. Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes. Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months. After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants. Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches. Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot. You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall. Catawba Crape Myrtles grow up to 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles. Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles. Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree. You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. The Catawba Crape Myrtle is resistant to Powdery Mildew.

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil Type

Adaptable,

Mature Height

10-15 Feet

Mature Width

6-10 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Orange

Bloom Color

Purple

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

7-9

The Catawba Crape Myrtle is great for small groupings or as a single specimen. Plant it next to a boulder for a simple but stunning impact. It is perfect for small yards or tight spaces that need help standing out. You can use this Crape for corners of your home or to anchor other structures. Plant one on both sides of an entry way or near your patio or outdoor gathering area if you are looking for a little shade while enjoying your company. No matter how you choose to display this tree, it will surely brighten up your landscape.

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil Type

Adaptable,

Mature Height

10-15 Feet

Mature Width

6-10 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Orange

Bloom Color

Purple

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

7-9

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LJ
07/20/2018
Linda J.
United States

Healthy little tree!

Arrived safe and sound! New growth already! Good job to you all!

SV
07/05/2018
Sandra V.
United States

Great experience

I ordered a Catawba Crape Myrtle and arrived within 2 days of placing the order in great condition. This was my 1st time ordering and I will do it again soon.

SV
07/05/2018
Sandra V.
United States

Great experience

I ordered a Catawba Crape Myrtle and arrived within 2 days of placing the order in great condition. This was my 1st time ordering and I will do it again soon.

MB
06/19/2018
Margie B.
United States

Very Pleased All the Way Around

After a dismal attempt at buying a catawba crape myrtle from another seller, we ordered a replacement from The Planting Tree. We should have ordered from the Planting Tree from the very beginning. We received a lovely little tree, in a three gallon pot, exactly as described, with four trunks, fully leafed out. It came beautifully and carefully boxed--the box was almost a full 5 ft. tall. It arrived in great shape exactly when we were told it would be here. It came with very specific planting instructions and full after planting care instructions, too. We couldn't be more pleased with our experience and we wouldn't hesitate to do business again with The Planting Tree.

JN
06/06/2018
James N.
United States

Great, fast service; beautiful plants

Superb stock, fast shipping, and very responsive customer service.