Below are links to each of the Crapemyrtle trees that we grow. For more
information about each tree and pictures, just click on the tree name.
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There are many species of Crapemyrtle and most of these are native to Asia. We grow two different species
here in the United States. The common Crapemyrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, was introduced in 1747 and has
been planted all over the South. You can find many aged trees around old home sites. Over the years there
have been literally hundreds of selections named with variations of flower colors, growth habits and mature
In the 1950's, the Japanese Crapemyrtle, Lagerstroemia faurei, was brought to the United States. This cold-
hardy Crapemyrtle, with its beautiful trunk coloration and resistance to powdery mildew, was part of an
extensive breeding program at the U.S. National Arboretum conducted by Dr. Don Egolf. The goal of the
breeding program was to combine the trunk attributes and powdery mildew resistance of the Japanese
Crapemyrtle with the variety of flower colors of the common Crapemyrtle. Dr. Egolf introduced over 30 of these
hybrids into the horticultural industry of which the variety ‘Natchez’ has become the most notable selection.
Dr. Micheal Dirr, renowned plant specialist, refers to the crapemyrtle as the "summer lilac" for southern
gardens. While they may be overused, because of their attractive flowers, bark and foliage, overuse in the
case is a good thing.
Crapemyrtle care: They love water and full sun. When we have a wet summer, they just bloom fuller and
longer. A little fertilizer in the spring will also enhance their growth. I think they look best when pruned to 3-5
main trunks. Also, part of their beauty is the odd angles and almost tangled nature of the trunks as they age.
Pruning away the "suckers" that come out each year will keep the tree looking like a nice tree rather than a