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Sarah's Favorite Crape Myrtle

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Sarah's Favorite Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica  'Sarah's Favorite'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone > 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, 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

Sarah's Favorite Crape Myrtle is a year round color factory producing large clusters of pure white flowers for up to 120 days during summer that are up to 16 inches long! The dark green glossy leaves provide a nice backdrop for the flowers and turn to colorful shades of burgundy, red, and orange during the fall. Exfoliating cinnamon-red bark adds even more interest to the landscape during the winter months. Sarah's Favorite wins a top spot in the club of most hardy Crape Myrtles growing well as far north as USDA Hardiness Zone 6 and for it's high resistance to powdery mildew.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 15-25 feet tall depending on pruning, and 8-10 feet or so wide, Sarah's Favorite 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:  7' for solid hedge; 12' for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Sarah's Favorite 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

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Crape Myrtle trees.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  15-25'
Width at Maturity: 8-10'
Spacing:  15-20'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Bushy 
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flowering Period:  Mid-Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fall Foliage Color:  Burgundy-Red, Orange
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Cinnamon-Red
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, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Moderate Drought, Heat

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