Crape myrtle shrubs add vibrant color to your landscape. Browse our inventory for the crape myrtle varieties that suit your aesthetic and your growing zone.
Origins of Crape Myrtle
The crape myrtle bush is native to Southeast Asia and Oceania, though it is now cultivated throughout the warmer regions of the world. Its genus name, Lagerstroemia, comes from the Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström, who supplied plants to Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist and physician who formalized the modern system of naming organisms and is known as the father of taxonomy.
What’s the Difference Between Crape Myrtle Trees & Shrubs?
The difference between a tree and a shrub hinges on height. Crape myrtle trees can grow to a mature height of 20 feet. Crape myrtle bushes, on the other hand, tend to stay between two and 15 feet tall, though they are highly adaptable. Once you learn how to prune crape myrtle the right way, you can use these shrubs as a lovely privacy screen, garden accent or container plant.
Crape Myrtle Shrub Varieties
Browse our inventory for the crape myrtle shrubs that will thrive in whichever USDA planting zone you occupy. The Red Crape Myrtle Shrub is our most popular variety for its fiery red blooms that dazzle from July through September. Black Diamond® Purely Purple™ Crape Myrtle brings drama to your yard from late spring through fall, and it can be used as an annual planting in zones 3 to 5. Add a sophisticated spray of feathery white blossoms to your landscape with a Natchez Crape Myrtle Bush. Also find lavender, pink and corral-colored varieties of crape myrtle shrubs at Nature Hills.
How & Where to Plant Crape Myrtle Shrubs
Crape myrtle bushes are resistant to most diseases, tolerant of drought and require little care. Plant them in sunny areas, especially where morning sun can dry their foliage. Though most varieties can adapt to a range of soil conditions, good drainage is important. Whether you group them together, place them in large containers or plant one as a solo showstopper, you’ll enjoy years of crape myrtle beauty with the Nature Hills Nursery guarantee.