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Most people who live in or have visited the southern region of the United States are familiar with and will recognize Crape Myrtle, especially when in bloom. Dwarf crape myrtle shrubs and crape myrtle trees are flowering powerhouses that bloom for up to 100 days during the heat of summer to provide unrivaled abundant and outstanding color in your landscape. No wonder we see them so heavily used by designers in residential, urban and rural landscapes where they'll grow.

But the crape myrtle color show doesn't stop with the summertime blooms. 

Depending on variety, crape myrtle also exhibit vibrant fall foliage color in brilliant shades of red, orange, or yellow, or a combination thereof.

While the bark on all crape myrtle varieties is handsome, some varieties, such as 'Natchez', provide beautifully colored cinnamon-red bark that provides interest in the landscape during winter.

Crape myrtles are exceptionally hardy and easy to grow and care for...provided they are planted in the right USDA Plant Hardiness Zones. Before selecting a crape myrtle variety to plant in your landscape, make sure to know your USDA Zone and check then USDA Zone listing on any plant page in WilsonBrosGardens.com. 


USDA Zones 7-10

Gardeners in USDA Zones 7 to 10, where Crape Myrtles thrive, need only worry about what color and size to choose.


USDA Zones 6

Gardeners in USDA Zone 6 have an excellent chance with varieties that are known to have more cold hardiness. Some damage to tops can occur during severe winters.


USDA Zones 5

Because the tops of plants are often killed by cold temperatures, gardeners in USDA Zone 5 can grow crape myrtle in somewhat the same manner as Buddleia (butterfly bushes) by cutting all stems back to 8 inches above the ground in early spring each year. That said, during severe winters even the roots can be killed.



Design Points to Ponder

Size is important! Crape Myrtle come in a range of sizes; from dwarfs that grow under 5 feet tall, to mid-size shubs or small trees that range between 6 to 12 feet tall, and taller trees that range from 15 to 30 feet in height. You'll want to select a variety that is a good fit for the landscape space you intend to fill. Thus, you don't have to resort to crape murder: when Crape Myrtle outgrow their space and must be butchered back in an attempt to control size, or removed entirely. 

Color is important! Crape Myrtles come in a range of flower colors including white and various shades of pink, red and purple. Many Crape Myrtle display attractive fall foliage and/or exfoliating bark with patches of colorful underbark, providing year round interest in the landscape, especially during winter. You'll want to select a variety with flower, bark and foliage colors that will be complimentary to the surrounding plants and nearby structures in your landscape. 






Crape Myrtle Variety Guide



The list of Crape Myrtle cultivars to choose from is a long one, and ever-growing. The guide below is a quick reference guide to differences between the superior Crape Myrtle varieties we offer, including USDA Zones, flower color, bark color, fall foliage color, and mature sizes. 

NOTE:  Click on the variety name to see images and find detailed descriptions and planting and care instructions. 



DWARFS (under 5')



USDA Zone:  6a-9b
Flower:  Fuschia-Purple
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  3-4' H x 3-4' W



Cherry Dazzle

USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Cherry Red
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange  
Size:  3-4' H x 3-4' W



Dazzle Me Pink

USDA Zone: 6a-10b
Flower:  Bright Pink
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  3-4' H x 3-4' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  White
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  3-4' H x 3-4' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Lavender-Pink
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  4-5' H x 4-5' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Scarlet Red
Bark:  Tan  
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  4-5' H x 4-5' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Deep Pink
Bark:  Light Grey
Fall Foliage:  Bronze-Red
Size:  2' H x 2-3' W




USDA Zone: 6a-10b
Flower:  Neon Red
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yllow, Orange
Size:  3-4' H x 3-4' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Dark Red
Bark:  Red-Brown
Fall Foliage:  Yellow-Red
Size:  4-5' H x 3-4' W




MID-SIZE (6-12')



USDA Zone: 7b-9b
Flower:  White 
Bark:  Light Grey
Fall Foliage:  Purple-Red
Size:  8-10' H x 8'+ W




USDA Zone: 6a-10a
Flower:  Ruby Red
Bark:  Tanish Grey
Fall Foliage:  Yellow Red
Size:  6-8' H x 6-8' W




USDA Zone: 7a-10a
Flower:  Lavender
Bark:  Light Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  6'  H x 4' W




USDA Zone: 7a-10a
Flower:  Bright Purple
Bark:  Light Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  6' H x 4' W




USDA Zone: 7a-10a
Flower:  White
Bark:  Light Tan
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  6' H x 4' W




USDA Zone: 7a-10b
Flower:  Crimson Red
Bark:  Light Brown
Fall Foliage:  Black
Size:  6' H x 4' W




USDA Zone: 7a-10b
Flower:  Hot Red
Bark:  Light Brown
Fall Foliage:  Black
Size:  10-12' H x 6-8' W




USDA Zone: 7a-10b
Flower:  White
Bark:  Light Brown
Fall Foliage:  Black
Size:  6' H x 4' W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Bright Lavender
Bark:  Grey-Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  6-10' H x 6'+ W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Red
Bark:  Coppery-Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  6-10' h x 6'+ W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Pink
Bark:  Grey Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  6-10' H x 6'+ W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  White
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  6-10' h x 6'+ W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Bright Pink
Bark:  Grey-Brown
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  8-10' H x 8-10' W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Dark Purple
Bark:  Grey-Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange-Red
Size:  6-10' H x 6-8' W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Glowing Red
Bark:  Grey-Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange-Red
Size:  6-10' H x 6-8' W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Fuchsia-Pink
Bark:  Grey Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange-Red
Size:  6-10' H x 6-8' W




USDA Zone: 7b-9b
Flower:  Dark Watermelon
Bark:  Cream
Fall Foliage:  Maroon
Size:  8-10' H x 8-10' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  Magenta-Purple
Bark:  Light Grey
Fall Foliage:  Orange-Red
Size:  6-8' H x 5-6' W




TALL TREES (12'+)



USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Dark Purple
Bark:  Grey-Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange-Red
Size:  10-15' H x 10-12' W




USDA Zone: 6a-9b
Flower:  True Red
Bark:  Tan
Fall Foliage:  Orange
Size:  15-20' H x 12'+ W




USDA Zone: 7b-9b
Flower:  Soft Lavender
Bark:  Light Grey
Fall Foliage:  Red Orange
Size:  20-30' H x 20'+ W




USDA Zone: 7b-9b
Flower:  White
Bark:  Cinnamon-Red
Fall Foliage:  Red Orange
Size:  20-30' H x 20'+ W




USDA Zone: 6b-10b
Flower:  White
Bark:  Cinnamon-Red
Fall Foliage:  Burgundy
Size:  15-20' H x 15-20' W




USDA Zone: 7b-9b
Flower:  Bright Pink
Bark:  Light Tan
Maroon-Red
Size:  15-20' H x 15'+ W




USDA Zone: 7b-9b
Flower:  Watermelon Red
Bark:  Light Brown
Fall Foliage:  Orange, Red
Size:  15-20' H x 12'+ W




USDA Zone: 7a-9b
Flower:  Royal Purple
Bark:  Light Grey
Fall Foliage:  Yellow, Orange
Size:  15-20' H x 12'+ W







Other tips for improving hardiness:

  • Don't prune or fertilize your Crape Myrtles in the fall. Also avoid excessive watering in the fall. You want your Crape Myrtle to go into dormancy naturally for the winter.

  • Avoid planting your Crape Myrtle against a south-facing wall, Otherwise, a warm spell in January could cause plants to break dormancy too early.

  • After leaf drop in the fall, mulch heavily around the roots with pine or wheat straw, leaves, or other loose material.

  • Consider growing dwarf Crape Myrtles, which are small enough to cover for winter protection.

  • No matter where you live, give your crape myrtle what it needs - full sun and acid soil.



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