Crape Myrtle Plant Info

Crape myrtle is a deciduous shrub that produces pink flowers with wrinkled petals. It’s native to the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of Asia, and it’s a popular ornamental plant in the Southern United States where it’s called lilac of the south. It has dark green foliage that changes to yellow, orange, and sometimes red in the fall.

Lagerstroemia indica
Indian crape myrtle
Common crape myrtle
Texas cedar
Blueberry juniper
Queen’s crape myrtle
Pride of India
Giant crape myrtle
Banaba
Crepe flower
Natchez
Tuscarora
Tonto
Muskogee
Sioux
Dynamite
Red Rocket
Pink Velour
Rhapsody in Pink
Pink

Water

Crape myrtle needs regular watering during the first year of establishment. After that, it can survive on rainfall alone if there's adequate moisture. To encourage healthy growth, water deeply once a week during the dry season.

Sunlight

Place it in an area that receives at least six hours of full sun to produce abundant and colorful flowers. While it does tolerate partial shade, it tends to produce fewer and less vibrant blooms.

Soil

The plant can grow in most types of soil, given it's well-drained. It prefers neutral or slightly acidic soil but can tolerate alkaline soil if amended with organic matter.

Fertilizer

Though not a heavy feeder, the plant can benefit from a balanced fertilizer applied once or twice a year in spring and summer. 

Pruning

Prune the plant in late winter or early spring, before new growth emerges. It's best to thin out some of the inner branches to improve light penetration and air circulation. Also, cut back any suckers or unwanted shoots from the base or roots. To encourage new buds, cut back the previous year's flower clusters.

Propagation

Propagating is fairly easy and can be achieved by seed, cutting, or layering. Collect the seeds from ripe pods in fall and sow in spring. Take the cuttings from semi-hardwood stems in summer and root in moist, well-draining sand. To layer, bend a low branch to the ground and cover part of it with soil until roots form.

Thrives in

Outdoor

Toxicity

The plant is not toxic to humans or animals

Pests & Diseases

Aphids
Powdery mildew
Leaf spot
Japanese beetles

Landscaping Ideas

Specimen tree
Border or hedge
Container plant
Foundation plant
Butterfly garden

Last Updated: August 1, 2023

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