Crape Myrtles for Napa, CA - Knowledgebase Question

Napa, CA
Question by charles09
July 11, 2006
One more question, re: a screen / hedge, ideally drought tolerant, suitable for Napa, grow to about 25 feet or so to block views....

1) Which of the varieties of crape myrtle can get to my desired height?
2) are there any for item 1 above that are evergreen?

Thanks much,

Charles Rashall

Answer from NGA
July 11, 2006


If you're interested in growing crape myrtles, look for mildew-resistant varieties such as ?Catawba,? ?Cherokee,? ?Seminole? or ?Zuni.? These typically grow 10-20 feet in height.

The European olive (Oleo europaea) performs well in hot, dry climates like ours and has attractive silvery leaves. It is evergreen. Consider a fruitless variety such as ?Monher? to eliminate the mess of falling olives.

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