Crape Myrtles originated in Asia, and today they are widely grown throughout the climatic zones of the South. The good news is that newer plants are being bred to tolerate northern climates. This plant is multi-stemmed and can be trained into a tree form quite easily. The Crape Myrtle is very hardy and tolerant of many soil types and growing conditions. For best results make sure the soil is moist, moderately fertile and well drained.
Since they bloom on new wood, the Crape Myrtles should be pruned in late winter or early spring. This will give you the best flower production. Deadheading (removing) old flowers before they set seed can assist in promoting a second wave of showy flowers in good environments.
The Crape Myrtle is a wonderful year-round performer. This four season plant provides summer flowers, fall color, attractive bark, and spring greenery. Keeping a large Crape Myrtle attractive is easy with a little trimming; remove basal suckers, crossing branches, and center growing branches. You may expose the attractive bark by removing side branches up to 5 feet or so. It is best to remove these side branches gradually.