Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia, more commonly known as the Crape Myrtle, is a favorite among landscapers. It can be grown as either a shrub or a petite tree. Crape Myrtles bloom from late spring until early fall, in varying shades of pink, red, purple, and white. Their petals have a crinkled appearance, similar to crepe paper, which is where the plant gets its name. While this sun-loving plant shows off colorful blooms all summer long, its leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow and red in the fall. The exfoliating bark, in a patchwork of greys and browns, gives it a unique appearance throughout the year.

Light Needs: Full sun

Watering Needs: Moderate watering, can be drought-tolerant

Average Size: 15’-25’ with a 6’-15’ spread (may grow up to 2’ each year)

Why we love this plant: The full blooms in bright colors can be a real show-stopper. Crape Myrtles can be seen in landscaping alone, in groupings, in screens, and even in containers, making them a versatile addition. These trees also come is several varieties, from Dwarf cultivars as short as 3’, up to the larger 20’ trees. At any size, Crape Myrtles can add a beautiful pop of color!