Crape Myrtle Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa, NY
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Question by davidlorenz
January 15, 2002
Most plants in this variety are a shrub variety. I am interested in the tree variety with Strawberry/watermelon blums. I seen one such tree in my town which is about 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 wide. What would be this specific variety be called? and is it available within my geographic region from one of your suppliers?

Answer from NGA
January 15, 2002
There are many varieties of crepe myrtle on the market in all different shades of pink and purply pink. Crepe myrtles can be grown in either a bushy form or in the more tree like form based on several factors. In cold winter areas they may be killed back to the ground periodically and as a result will simply never reach those tree-like proportions. Some varieties are just smaller or dwarf forms and are naturally short. These tend to look better trimmed as shrubs rather than trained as a tree form. Finally, personal preference and the amount of space available will determine to some extent how the plant is handled for shaping. In answer to your more specific question, I would suggest you look at the plants when they are in bloom and select one with both the color and ultimate size potential you have in mind. The main reason I suggest this is that color descriptions are so much in the eye of the beholder! You might wish to consult with your local nurseries and/or extension personnel to see which plants they recommend for having the best results in your area in terms of reliably reaching a good size. Reputable nurseries in your area should carry only varieties they expect to do well in your locale. You can locate nurseries and garden centers that carry Monrovia plants (and others) by zip code at the following page:

Good luck with your crepe myrtle!

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