Red Crepe Myrtle -Lagerstroemia
Crepe myrtles are a favorite among home gardeners who want to bring a dramatic pop of color into their yards. While there are several varieties available in many different colors, the red crepe myrtle and Pink Crepe Myrtle is a favorite choice for those who want a beautiful tree that is hardy and low-maintenance.
The Red Crepe Myrtle Is a Fixture In The Southern States
This myrtle is recommended for growth in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10.
It was named for the wavy, crepe-like appearance of its flowers that bloom in early spring and continue throughout the summer in most areas. However, the bark of this tree is just as appealing as the flowers it produces. The bark can be light brown, orange, cream, or cinnamon-colored, giving this Pink Crepe Myrtle an appeal.
The crepe myrtle is a hardy plant, which makes it a popular choice among home gardeners and commercial landscape designers. It is resistant to high heat and tolerant of drought weather conditions. Red crepe myrtle can be purchased balled and burlap or bare root. It can also be transplanted from containers.
This tree prefers loamy soils but can adapt to most soil types except excessively wet soil. They produce blooms without fertilizer but flourish with regular fertilizer applications.
Versatility is one of the most attractive traits of the crepe myrtle. It can be pruned into a shrub or a multi-stemmed tree. Because of its dramatic colors, the red crepe myrtle is often placed along driveways or around decks. It also makes a lovely specimen tree in any yard or garden.
Red Crepe Myrtle Can Be Used as Borders or Around Entrances
Dwarf varieties can be used as a ground cover for an unusual visual effect that adds appeal.