Crepe Myrtles have been captivating and attracting people with their luscious, fragrant blooms for centuries now. Not only are they very attractive plants, but Crepe Myrtles are easily cared for and can thrive with longevity. These flowering trees provide a variety of color and personality for every season, while being highly resilient against disease. Crepe Myrtles can survive in many climates as well, from subtropical to domestic settings in commercial landscaping.
A few of the more popular species include the Natchez White Crepe Myrtle and the Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle. However, Crepe Myrtles come in many differing colors such as the Purple Twilight and the Pink Velour Crepe Myrtle. These trees are known for their gorgeous colors, adaptability, low maintenance and highly drought resistant qualities.
Crepe Myrtles are notorious for their ability to grow upwards anywhere between a foot to one-hundred feet tall! Most, however are maintained to stay small, with multiple bases at the trunk. Flowering throughout many different times of the year, depending on species, Crepe Myrtles can give your land blooms year round. The longest lasting bloom goes to the Natchez White Crepe Myrtle, which can reproduce flowers for an average of about one-hundred and ten days.
Crepe Myrtles and Soil
Most plants can be pretty picky about the type of soil that they are kept in, but not the Crepe Myrtle. As long as the soil is well drained and lightly fertilized, your Crepe Myrtle will thrive, showing you it's appreciation. The Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle, for example, will thrive in even the most dried up suburban area. Keep in mind that drought will not kill this tree, but will reduce the blooms next season.
Best Suited Environment
Although Crepe Myrtles can survive in most climates, its wise to keep your growing zone in mind. Very violent winters can kill these trees, just like severe drought. Basically, these trees can be kept in any of the USDA listed growing zones. However, growing in zones 7 to 9 can be risky, because the winters in zone 7 will undoubtedly kill your tress to the ground. Even if this occurs, the bottom portion of the plant may survive. Crepe Myrtles grow back rapidly in the spring. Pink Velour Crepe Myrtles have been known to survive even the harshest climate changes.
All Crepe Myrtles usually bloom between late spring and early fall, which offers you unrivaled beauty and color throughout the year. The hard to find (until now) Purple Twilight Crepe Myrtle makes for attractive blooms all through the year, from fall to spring. This species of the tree offers gorgeous royal hues. In the fall, most Crepe Myrtles do not flower. Although, their leaves can change to deep orange and red during the fall, making for a great festive fall feeling.