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Name: Teri Sims
Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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Aug 7, 2015 4:19 PM CST
Has anyone had luck growing one in a container? Full-size or dwarf?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Aug 7, 2015 4:51 PM CST
I have quite a few growing in containers - accidentally. Planted on purpose, I suspect they could do well, but the dwarf variety would be more manageable.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Aug 7, 2015 6:45 PM CST
Hi Teri, Welcome! to All Things Plants!

The standard size Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) can attain heights and widths of 20 to 30 feet or more and they would more than likely outgrow a container very quickly!

The Black Diamond varieties attain heights of 6 to 12 feet; I have a Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame') that I bought last year growing in a container but my plan is to eventually put it in the ground.

There are Dwarf Varieties that require the same cultural conditions (sun, water etc.) as the standards but would work very well in containers.

You might like these interesting articles about Crepe Myrtles:
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