Red Crepe Myrtle is a deciduous tree shrub that can grow up to 100 feet in height, though usually smaller.
The plant has flowers that are red or pink, grow in Hardy zones 6-10, require full sun exposure and need aerated soil near the surface. Generally used as container plants and screening for gardens in landscaping.
Native to Asia, the Lagerstroemia indica, or crepe myrtle, is a deciduous tree which displays ample clusters of small, colorful flowers. Red Crepe Myrtle Shrub begins blooming in spring; flowers last throughout the summer months. Of particular note is the red variety, which is a crimson or carmine shade of red and is a beauty. Flower panicles are typically three and a half inches wide, showing an impressive burst of color. These trees are multi-stemmed and can be trimmed and shaped into a shrub or tree. Regular pruning is vital to maintaining the desired look of this tree, and annual cutting back improves its health and vitality; crepe myrtles bloom on new growth as well. At maturity, the crepe myrtle can reach twenty feet with a foliage spread of twenty feet.
Red Crepe Myrtle are very popular and can be seen growing almost anywhere as they are blooming and providing color to all locations.
The crepe myrtle’s leaves are small, smooth-edged, and circular or oval; leaves appear dark green throughout spring and summer and change to yellow, orange, and red in autumn. The bark is attractive and seems smooth; it sheds each year. Crepe myrtles prefer full, uninterrupted sun. They are hardy trees and are frost tolerant. Growing zones where crepe myrtles grow best are Zones 7, 8, and 9, although the harsher winters of Zone 7 sometimes kill them. This crepe myrtle looks terrific when planted with different colored ones to create beautiful borders for sidewalks, driveways and also lawns.
Red Crepe Myrtle