GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Crape Myrtle Shrub

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GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Dwarf Crape Myrtle

Prefer a sophisticated, pristine look that achieves high-end status? Go with one of the most cold-hardy, smallest and earliest-flowering Crape Myrtles on the market!

Compact GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Dwarf Crape Myrtle shrub (Lagerstroemia x 'G18147') brings effortless designer style for a high-fashion summer look. Use them throughout your sunny spots to tie the entire look of your landscape design together!

Starting in June, crisp white flower inflorescence blooms high above the foliage. The frilly flower power keeps coming until the first frost of fall! Whether you call them Crepe Myrtles or not, everyone can agree to love them for their long-lasting blooms!

This means months of incredible, creamy blooms with yellow centers! The floral display is all the more impressive due to its well-mounded growth habit and densely-held, umbrella-style canopy.

French Vanilla is a showy treat in the garden. It delivers a rich, lavish presentation...even though it stays small, mounded, and compact.

Buy GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Dwarf Crape Myrtle at today! Our small shrub experts will ship your plants when the time is right for planting in your area.

How to Use GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Dwarf Crape Myrtle Shrub in the Landscape

Put French Vanilla's polished charm to work on your patio or balcony. You'll love how crisp everything looks against their backdrop. They look astonishing with blue-flowering perennials. Enjoy creating hardy containers that look great all season long!

Pair them with other white-flowering shrubs, Roses and perennials for an exceptionally restful setting. Enjoy your home any time of day or night with your beautiful Moon Garden.

GreatMyrtles™ are spectacular Thriller shrubs for containers. With a reliably hardy root system, French Vanilla can grace gardens far to the north in Zone 5b.

But they also grow into courteous low hedges in warm winter areas. Create a solid hedge by measuring 18 inches between the centers of two plants.

Line your front walk, or jazz up your foundation plantings. Perk up the front of a mixed border with their flower power!

  • Earliest Crape Myrtle to Start Blooming
  • Elaborate Flowers from June to Frost
  • Compact Shrub Needs Little Pruning
  • Thrives in Humid, Hot Weather
  • Root-Hardy to Zone 5
  • Stem-Hardy to Zone 6

#ProPlantTips for Care

French Vanilla Crape Myrtle shrubs need full sun and well-drained soils. Plan for at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Support your new Crape Myrtle forever with Nature Hills Root Booster. This symbiotic planting formula gives life-long support for tiny feeder roots and never wears out.

Raise up the shrub in a raised bed, If you have heavy, soggy soil. Don't fight clay soil, simply keep them in a series of outdoor garden containers!

Keep French Vanilla plants watered on a regular schedule for best results. Mulch over the root zone, but don't let it touch the stems directly.

This versatile GreatMyrtle™ cultivar can be grown further north than other cultivars. French Vanilla Dwarf Crape Myrtle behaves as a perennial in Zones 5 and 6, with new growth from the roots each spring.

Zone 5b and 6

These are root-hardy in cold winter areas of 5b and 6. In early spring, cut all of the stems down to the ground.

New flowering will occur starting in June and run all the way through frost. It will grow to a mature size during that season.

Zones 7 - 9

In early spring, prune out several of the oldest, thickest stems every few years. This will reduce the size, remove dead branches and leave the younger stems for the best bloom.

Read more about pruning your Crape Myrtle here in our handy #ProPlantTips Blog! And you can read more about all the GreatMyrtle™ Dwarf Crape Myrtles available here at

Don't delay to lock in your French Vanilla GreatMyrtle™! We will sell out of our limited inventory this please act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Place your order for GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Dwarf Crape Myrtle shrubs today at You'll love our commercial landscape-grade quality!

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GreatMyrtle™ French Vanilla Crape Myrtle Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand GreatMyrtle™
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia x 'G18147'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 24 - 30 inches
Mature Spread 24 - 30 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring