Crape Myrtles-Which Ones for this Spot? - Knowledgebase Question

San Rafael, CA
Question by jbowman4
September 18, 2005
I already submitted a question, but I decided I needed to approach this from a more general position. I have a 20 foot long area next to my 6 foot high fence where I want to plant 2 or 3 crape myrtles. The trunk needs to be 6 to 8 feet. The foliage is intended to block my view of the neighbors driveway. I realize these trees are deciduous, but I want some brilliant color thera and am willing to have the trees be a bit sparse during the winter months. I would love a bright color, ideally red. I noticed that Centennial Spirit is red and grows to be 15 to 20 feet. Dynamite, Catawba and Tuscarora were also interesting possibilities. I could not see any description of Burgundy Cotton and few others. Please help! Thanks.

Answer from NGA
September 18, 2005


Your choice of flower colors limits your selection to CENTENNIAL SPIRIT, an upright tree 15-20' high, with dark red flowers in late June; REGAL RED with a broad, upright growth habit and dark red flowers, or CHEYENNE which has bright red flowers and a rounded canopy, 8-12' high. If you're willing to live with other flower colors, your choice of dwarf crape myrtles expands a bit. BURGUNDY COTTON is a white flowering tree with a broad, upright habit to 12'; CATAWBA has violet purple flowers with an upright (vaselike) habit, growing 12-15'; CHOCTA, with bright pink flowers and an upright habit to 15-20'; COMMANCHE with coral pink flowers and a broad crown to 15-20' ; LIPAN flowers in medium lavender and a broad upright growth habit,; PEPPERMINT LACE with pink and white flowers, growing upright 8-12' tall; or SIOUX, a vibrant pink upright tree growing 12-15'

Hope this information helps you choose just the right crape myrtles.

DYNAMITE may be too large for your garden. It Red Upright 20 - 25

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