A highly popular plant in the Southeast, the crapemyrtle produces dazzling blooms all summer long and is well-adapted to both heat and drought. And during the winter months, the bark of these shrubs and small trees can add interest to any landscape.
You're sure to find a crapemytle that's right for your yard. These versatile shrubs come in range of shapes and sizes, from dwarf varieties that reach less than four feet to tree-sized varieties that can grow to more than twenty feet. You can read more about the many types of crapemyrtle in Florida.
Crapemyrtles perform best when they receive full sun. Newly planted crapemyrtles should be irrigated regularly for the first few weeks. Once established, these plants are extremely drought tolerant and have low fertility requirements, though they respond to fertilizer and water with lush growth.
Contrary to popular belief, crapemyrtles do not require much pruning. Remove any poorly placed limbs as needed, but avoid what is commonly known as "crape murder."
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- Stop Crape Murder!
- Trees and Powerlines: Lagerstroemia spp. (Crapemyrtle)
- Choosing a Crapemyrtle (PDF)
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- Common Crapemyrtle--The National Arbor Day Foundation
- Common Crapemyrtle--Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)
- Common Diseases of Crapemyrtle--Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)
- Crapemyrtle--Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension
- Crapemyrtle Culture--University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
- Crapemyrtle Photo Gallery--United States National Arboretum
- Crapemyrtle Questions and Answers--United States National Arboretum
- Lagerstroemia indica, Crapemyrtle--Floridata.com
- Plant of the Week: "Dynamite" Crapemyrtle--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service