Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
The crape myrtles are among the most satisfactory of plants for hot-summer regions; showy summer flowers, good-looking bark, and (in many cases) brilliant fall color make them attractive all year round. Long, cool autumns yield the best leaf display; the first hard frost ends the show.
Native to China. Grows to 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1–2 1/2 in. long and somewhat narrower, often tinged red on opening and frequently turning brilliant orange or red in the fall. Crinkly petaled, crepe-like, 1–1 1/2-in. flowers in dense clusters range from white through pink to red and purple. Trained as a tree, develops an attractive trunk and branch structure. Smooth gray or light brown bark peels off to reveal smooth, pinkish inner bark. Winter trunk and branches look polished.
‘Catawba’: Roundish, dense growth to 6–10 ft. tall and equally as wide (can be trained as a 15-ft. tree). Dark purple flowers, orange-red fall color.
‘Dynamite’: Grows to 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Ruffled red flowers, and orange-red fall foliage.
Petite series: Grows to 5 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide, with names that describe their flower color: ‘Petite Embers’, ‘Petite Orchid’, ‘Petite Pinkie’, ‘Petite Plum’, ‘Petite Red Imp’, ‘Petite Snow’. All have yellow fall foliage.
‘Seminole’: Grows to 6–12 ft. tall and as wide. Bright pink flowers, red fall color.
‘White Chocolate’: Grows to 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Foliage emerges burgundy in spring, then matures to chocolate-tinged green. Pure white flowers. Bright orange-yellow fall color.
Native to China. Grows to 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1–2 1/2 in. long and somew...
Introductions of the U.S. National Arboretum, these hybrids between L. indica and L....
Native to China and northern India. Grows to 30–50 ft. tall and wide, with an irregular habit. R...