Crape Myrtle Trees
Crape Myrtle Trees, Lagerstroemia indica, originated in Asia, and today they are widely grown throughout much of the United States. The good news is that newer Crape Myrtle Trees are being bred to tolerate northern climates. Crape Myrtle Trees are multi-stemmed and can be trained into a tree form quite easily. The Crape Myrtle Tree 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, Crape Myrtle Trees 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.
Crape Myrtle Trees are a wonderful year-round performer. The Crape Myrtle Tree is a four season plant that provides summer flowers, fall color, attractive bark, and spring greenery. Keeping a large Crape Myrtle Tree 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.