Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Arapaho') in the Crepe Myrtles Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 20 - 25 feet
Plant Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Dark green, tinged with maroon turning reddish in fall.
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: nectar & pollen gathering insects
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Days to germinate: 2 to 3 weeks. Can be planted in potting medium.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Child plants: 3 child plants

A few blooms opening pinkish-white

A History of the Crepe MyrtleA History of the Crepe Myrtle
July 14, 2015

Standing on a thin carpet of fallen blooms, with a canopy of color above me, I immediately fell in love with the Crepe Myrtle tree, and since then have set out to collect them all.

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Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Dec 6, 2011 6:00 PM

This crape myrtle has bright red flowers that last for months! It did great its first year in a hot, sunny, dry location with twice weekly watering during the hottest months. It's a National Arboretum cultivar that's supposed to be disease resistant. It did get a little bit of powdery mildew in the summer, but a little neem oil cleared it up. It's still a young tree, so I'm not sure how showy the bark will get. The soil is hard, rocky, compacted clay, but heavily amended with leaf mold and mulched heavily with pine bark.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Crepe myrtle with two colors of blossoms by linettebray Jul 29, 2018 6:00 PM 4
Great news! Parentage support has been added across the whole DB by dave Jan 20, 2014 5:52 PM 39
RED HOT HOTS! - Red Stems, Leafs, & Blooms - ORDERS - Kim by Kim Apr 12, 2012 9:41 PM 16

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