Crape Myrtles: How to select the right variety for you

With blooms lasting nearly all summer, beautiful exfoliating bark, and showy fall color, Crape Myrtles are an unparalleled addition to small residential gardens. They will adapt well to poor clay soil and thrive in a full day of hot summer sun. There are many different sizes and shapes to choose from, making selecting the proper variety to suit your landscape needs very important. In this blog we’ll cover a few basic tips to get you off to the right start.

  • Be certain whether the variety you are looking at will mature into a tree or shrub- both are widely used and available at most garden centers.

  • Check the mature height and width. There are some which stay as low as 2 feet, with larger trees reaching upwards of 25-30 feet, and many in between. With all the varieties available now, finding one the right size and color shouldn’t be hard.

  • Consider disease resistance as a factor, as mildews can be very unsightly. U.S. National Arboretum introductions resistant to mildew include Apalachee, Catawba, Sioux, Tonto, Tuscarora, and Tuskegee.

  • Selecting a larger specimen is recommended for trees- especially when using as an accent in the garden. Young plants have simply spent less time being manicured by professional growers. While this is something that can be achieved through basic pruning, it will require more maintenance and patience from you.

We have a great selection of Crape Myrtles available now, including several of the U.S. National Arboretum introductions. Call or stop by the nursery and we will be happy to help select the perfect variety for you.