Posted by Brent Wilson on 8/28/2016 to Design Tips
All Crape Myrtles are cold hardy, meaning they will tolerate freezing temperatures. That said, some are more cold hardy than others.
For those who live and garden in USDA Zones 7a to 10b, you have no worries about cold hardiness.
If you're in USDA Zone 6 it's important to select crape myrtle varieties that can tolerate the average low winter temperature in your zone.
If you're in USDA Zone 5 or further north you can grow crape myrtles in containers which can be overwintered in an interior space that doesn't drop below 20 degrees F or so.
Okay, starting with the dwarf shrubs, here are the crape myrtle shrub and tree varieties listed as cold hardy in USDA Zone 6.
Zones: 6a-9b | Fuschia-Purple | 3-4' H x 3-4' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-9b | Cherry Red | 3-4' H x 3-4' W | More details >
Dazzle Me Pink
Zones: 6a-10b | Bright Pink | 3-4' H x 3-4' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-9b | White | 3-4' H x 3-4' W | More details >
Enduring Summer Lavender
Zones: 6a-9b | Lavender-Pink | 4-5' H x 4-5' W | More details >
Enduring Summer Red
Zones: 6a-9b | Scarlet Red | 4-5' H x 4-5' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-9b | Deep Pink | 2' H x 2-3' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-10b | Neon Red | 3-4' H x 3-4' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-9b | Dark Red | 4-5' H x 3-4' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-10a | Ruby Red | 6-8' H x 6-8' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-9b \ Bright Pink | 8-10' H x 8-10' W | More details >
Velmas Royal Delight
Zones: 6a-9b | Magenta-Purple | 6-8' H x 5-6' W | More details >
Zones: 6a-9b | True Red | 15-20' H x 12-15' W | More details >
Zones: 6b-10b | White | 15-20' H x 12-15' W | More details >
Tips For Improving Crape Myrtle Cold 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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