Red Crepe Myrtle
Red crepe myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, is a beautiful, flowering, deciduous tree growing with multiple trunks and handsome, peeling bark. Its flowers are crinkled and have a crepe-like texture. In general, the crape myrtle is cold-hardy to Zone 7 or possibly 6, depending on the cultivar.
Planting in full sun will help ensure profuse blooming and a more intense red color. Drought-tolerant, its root system grows best in well-drained soil with good air circulation. Soil can be slightly alkaline to acidic (5.0 to 6.5 pH). Red crape myrtle proliferates and has a moderate to long life span.
The red crepe myrtle adds beauty and interest to the landscape year-round.
Beloved for its long flowering period and its striking crimson blossoms, the red crape myrtle's plentiful clusters of brilliant blooms appear on the tips of new branches early in summer and continue into the autumn months. Once the flowers die away, fruit remains in the form of small, green, capsule-like berries that eventually turn black or brown. These berries are available throughout the winter, attracting birds and adding interest. This tree is also known for its shedding bark, which exposes the attractive trunk and displays lovely brown or gray shades. This plant typically develops several main stems which are more desirable than single-stem plants in the landscape, as they add charm and capture attention. In fall, leaves may be yellow, orange, or red.
Red crepe myrtle is used in a variety of ways.
The perfect specimen plant with its captivating crimson flowers and impressive trunk can also be effectively planted in groupings to create privacy hedges. Another way to grow crape myrtle is as a gorgeous container plant. No matter how you choose to grow red crape myrtles, you will be rewarded with showstopping beauty for years.
These shrubs are shipping bare root (not in containers/pots). They arrive while dormant with no foliage, blooms, or greenery. They will flourish the following Spring.