- Weight: 1 lb
- Zone: 9
- Bloom Color: Purple/Lavender
- Bloom Season: Summer
- Usage: Drought Tolerant Plants
- Ships: November Through April
- Height At Maturity: Over 20 Feet
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Categories: Trees
Lavender Crepe Myrtle is known for its abundant blooms
Lavender Crepe Myrtle – Lagerstroemia spp.
The crepe myrtle is commonly found across the southern sections of the United States as a landscaping tree, providing a riot of color in early fall. Brownish to gray bark on a thin to medium trunk peels off to reveal newer bark that’s light gray. Glossy green leaves can turn color in fall depending on the variety.
The crepe myrtle is known for its abundant blooms, which look like clusters of ruffles in colors ranging from white to deep purples and reds. A few varieties have either light to medium lavender or bicolor lavender flowers:
Light lavender: Powhatan, Apalachee and Muskogee
Medium lavender: Zuni and Lipan
Bicolor: Conestoga and Yuma
Lavender Crepe Myrtle are moderate growers
Varieties reach from less than 10 feet to over 30 feet, some with the corresponding canopy spreads. Canopy shape ranges from round to upright, and some may have branches that hang down. These trees tend to be moderate growers that like full sun and that can do with moderate water. You’ll often find varieties in drought-prone areas like Southern California and wetter areas like the U.S. Southeast. L. speciosa, specifically, is a tropical tree only and tends to be a fast grower that needs good trimming routines.
Gardeners should note the cold hardiness zones as some varieties are hardier than others. Frosts and freezes can affect foliage appearance. A few varieties may bloom twice during summer, but late summer to fall usually produces the most excellent show.
You must do trimming wisely. Many gardeners cut back crepe myrtles to stumps (known as “crepe murder”). Still, late-winter pruning back to a bud or fork — and removing only a couple of feet to control height — ensures that the remaining branches are strong enough not to bend under the weight of the floral panicles.
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