A Beginner's Guide to Crepe Myrtle Trees: Everything You Need to Know

A Beginner's Guide to Crepe Myrtle Trees: Everything You Need to Know Evergreen Trees Direct

Common Name: Crepe Myrtle

Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia Indica

Characteristics: Flowers in a range of colors - Pink, white, purple, red, maroon, and more. Crepe myrtles with a pink flower are most common. They have Attractive Bark.

Blooms: Crepe myrtle flowers in late spring to flowers in summer. 

Uses: They are a versatile tree. They can be used as street trees or ornamental trees. They are Great shade trees. Sometimes used as hedging trees.  

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Crepe myrtle trees are beautiful additions to any landscape, and they are easy to grow and care for. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about crepe myrtles. We will cover the appearance and characteristics of these trees, as well as the different varieties available. You will also learn how to plant and grow your own crepe myrtle, as well as how to care for it properly. We'll also touch on diseases and pests that can affect crepe myrtles, and provide tips on propagation. So if you're interested in learning more about these lovely trees, keep reading!


How to grow and care for Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

Crepe myrtles are easy-to-grow, low-maintenance trees that can be grown in a variety of climates. They have small leaves and flowers with white or pink petals. Crepe myrtle is a deciduous tree that grows best in full sun with well-drained soil. It needs regular pruning to maintain its shape. Crepe myrtles are hardy plants that will survive temperatures as cold as -23°C. The plant has no major pest problems, but it does attract ants.


What you need to know about Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

Crepe Myrtle is a deciduous shrub or small tree that grows up to 10 feet tall and wide. The leaves are dark green, oval-shaped with five lobes on the end. Crepe myrtles have white flowers that bloom from spring through fall. The flowers are followed by red berries that turn black when they ripen. Crepe myrtles are native to North America, where they were once used as hedges and windbreaks. Today, the crepe myrtle is popular as a landscape plant because it's drought-tolerant, frost tolerant, fast-growing, and attractive.


Appearance and characteristics of Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

Crepe myrtles are evergreen shrubs or small trees that grow up to 12 feet (3.6 m) tall, with a spread of 6-8 feet (2-2.4 m). They have dark green leaves with 5-7 lobes. They have various flower colours such as white flowers, pink flower, purple, yellow, orange, red, cream, maroon and brown. The fruits are roundish, about 1/2 inch (1 cm), and contain many seeds. They are also available in a variety of sizes, from dwarf varieties that only grow to about six feet tall, to towering specimens that can reach heights of 30 feet or more.



Varieties of Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

There are many different varieties of crepe myrtle, which vary in size, flower color, and growth habit. Some of the most popular varieties include 'Natchez', 'Sioux', and 'Tuscarora'. We have a broad range, click the link below.

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How to Grow Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

The ideal location for your crepe myrtle depends on what you want it to do. If you're looking for a hedge, place it along a fence or wall. If you're planting it as a specimen, try to locate it near a window or other area that gets lots of sunlight. You should also consider how much water your crepe myrtle requires. If you live in an arid climate, your crepe myrtle may require more than if you live in a humid region.

When choosing a site for your crepe myrtles, make sure there's room for them to spread out. Planting too close together can cause overcrowding and lead to poor growth. Also, avoid areas that get extreme heat during the summer months. Your crepe myrtle can tolerate some shade, so choose a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.


Planting tips for Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

When planting your crepe myrtles, dig a hole twice as deep as the root ball. Fill the hole with compost and tamp down firmly. Place the root ball into the hole and fill in around the roots with additional compost. Water thoroughly before placing your crepe myrte into the ground.

If you're using peat moss, add it two weeks after planting. This helps prevent the roots from drying out. Once your plant starts to grow, apply fertilizer every three weeks until the first frost. After that, fertilize monthly.


Watering your Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

Crepe myrtles need regular watering during hot weather. During dry spells, keep the soil moist but not soggy. If you notice any signs of wilting, give your plant extra water. Crepe Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. 


How to Prune Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

Pruning is important to keep your crepe myrtle healthy and beautiful. When you prune, cut back any branches that aren't necessary. Remove deadwood and damaged limbs. In addition, trim off any suckers that sprout from the trunk. Suckers are weak stems that don't contribute to the health of the plant.

Pruning allows you to control the size of your crepe myrtles. Smaller plants look better than large ones. To encourage new growth, clip back branches that reach above the height of the rest of the plant. Keep this process going throughout the year to ensure that your crepe myrtles stay healthy.

You'll notice that your crepe myrtle produces new shoots in spring. These shoots are called "suckers." Cut these suckers away to help promote strong, healthy branches.

Crepe myrtles can also be pruned to shape them into desired forms, such as hedges or topiaries. When pruning crepe myrtles, it is important to do so carefully and avoid damaging the bark.


Diseases and pests with Crepe Myrtle/ Lagerstroemia Indica

Crepe myrtle is susceptible to several diseases including anthracnose, black rot, bacterial wilt, bud blight, leaf scorch, powdery mildew, rust, and verticillium wilt. Some of these diseases may be more common in certain parts of the country than others. In Australia, the crepe myrtle is mostly prone to verticillium wilts. If you require some assistance on diseases, please contact us. 


We hope you found this blog post useful. Crepe myrtles are easy to care for and provide many benefits. We enjoy growing them ourselves because they are such a pretty plants. They're great for adding color to your garden, but they're even prettier when you see them in person.


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1 comment

Hello, I am confused when it comes to Crepe Myrtles they are on your site and it says they are evergreen but it also says they are deciduous? I always thought they lost their leaves in Australia in winter which makes them deciduous? Do you have an evergreen variety?
Kind regards


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