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Catawba Purple Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia Indica 'Catawba' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >  

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Crape Myrtle is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Catawba is one of the few Crape Myrtle trees with true purple flowers. The gorgeous flowers appear in early summer and continue through early fall, nearly covering the foliage. The leaves of Catawba emerge in spring displaying a wonderful bronze color turning to a rich green as they mature. Fall brings forth a brilliant show of bright red leaves. Where most Crape Myrtle are upright in growth habit, Catawba spreads out a bit giving a more globose appearance.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 10-12 feet tall depending on pruning, and 8-12 feet or so wide, Catawba Crape Myrtle is an ideal selection for smaller garden spaces, and containers. It can be grown as a shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree, making it an excellent choice for use as a specimen or accent in sunny home foundation plantings or landscape borders. Also makes a very colorful hedge and is spectacular in groupings. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings, this is one plant that is sure to stand out in the landscape!

Spacing:  8' for solid hedge; 15' for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Catawba Crape Myrtle is very easy to grow. It is not picky about soil type provided the soil is well-drained. A moist but well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Full sun is preferred and results in heavier flower production. Light shade is tolerated but flowering will be diminished in more shade. Has shown excellent resistance to powdery mildew and is quite drought tolerant when established.

Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity: 8-12'
Spacing:  8' for solid hedge; 15'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Purple
Flowering Period:  All Summer - up to 120 days!
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fall Foliage Color:  Bright Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Grey, Brown
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Moderate Drought, Heat

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