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Velmas Royal Delight Crape Myrtle
Velma's Royal Delight is an old favorite semi-dwarf heirloom Crape Myrtle that displays an abundance of the most unusually deep magenta-purple flowers you've ever seen! More details below!

Velmas Royal Delight Crape Myrtle

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Velma's Royal Delight Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Velma's Royal Delight'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  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

Velma's Royal Delight is an old favorite semi-dwarf heirloom Crape Myrtle that displays an abundance of the most unusually deep magenta-purple flowers you've ever seen! In addition to it's stunning flowers, Velma's Royal Delight features some of the most attractive dark green foliage of any crape myrtle on a compact, upright multi-stemmed shrub or small tree that grows about 6 feet in height with an equal spread. The color show continues when the foliage turns orange to red in fall.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 5-6 feet tall depending on pruning, and 5-6 feet or so wide, Velmas Royal Delight 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:  4' for solid hedge; 8' for space between plants



Cultural Preferences
Velmas Royal Delight 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-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity: 5-6'
Spacing:  4' for solid hedge; 8'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Deep Magenta-Purple
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fall Foliage Color:  Orange and Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Grey, Light 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
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Moderate Drought, Heat



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