Regarding Growth - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, OR
Question by polson6
June 4, 2001
I would like to know what does "moderate growth" in terms of inches mean in a year. I recently purchased a Pecos Crape Myrtle and was wondering what does moderate growth mean. It will be facing the west and will recieve full hot sun. Will it burn??

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2001


Your Lagerstroemia 'Pecos' is a large shrub at maturity (8' tall, 6' wide) and will take 3-5 years to reach its full size, if growing conditions are suitable. You can keep it trim and attractive by pruning it back 12"-18" each winter. This will help renew the shrub and increase its flowering potential. (Crape myrtles bloom on new wood.) Provide full sunshine and moderate water during the growing season.

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