Red Crepe Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica
Red Crepe Myrtle is a beautiful evergreen tree with colorful flowers. They can be planted alone, in small groups or along fence lines. The tree has an attractive light-colored bark which is paired with bright green leaves and deep red blooms. The trunk and branches have a desirable appearance and shape. The flowering season for the tree provides plentiful blooms; it begins during late spring and continues through the fall.
Red Crepe Myrtle are a caretaker's dream. They require practically no attention from a gardener, and should never be topped or pruned. They are both insect and drought resistant, and deer also avoid eating the tree. They are a perfect addition to any landscape plan.
Red Crepe Myrtle is a Summer plant
The crape myrtle is a flowering tree with multiple tree trunks and beautiful color, which is often planted in both commercial and private settings. All crape myrtles require the full sun, especially the red-flowered crape myrtles. This is because cloudy weather or shade can cause some sections of the tree to lose their red flower color. The crape myrtle is widely used in landscaping because of is beauty and its low maintenance.
As with other crape myrtles, once established, they are drought-tolerant, but with extra water, they will grow larger and faster. Crape myrtles don't require fertilizers, but will grow faster if properly applied. Also, crape myrtles should not be planted too deep. The root system grows well along the surface or in a well aerated soil.
Normally crape myrtles need little pruning when properly placed in the garden. The best time to prune the crape myrtle is after the leaves have fallen.
For low maintenance, and over all best results, choose a selection where the ultimate size fits well in the selected garden. The red-flowered crape myrtle is normally available in any size.