White crepe myrtle – Lagerstroemia X Natchez
The White crepe myrtle is a southern favorite for many reasons. It produces lovely flowers, smooth light brown bark, and intense fall color. These deciduous shrubs can be used as specimen trees, borders or shrubs. The White crepe myrtle is also known by its scientific name Lagerstroemia indica and is a member of the Lythraceae family. It is recommended for growth in USDA hardiness zones 7A through 9A. This shrub typically reaches heights of 10 to 30 feet and a spread of 15 to 25 feet. The growth rate of the crepe myrtle is considered moderate. It thrives in full sun and has a high tolerance to drought conditions. This shrub grows best in well-drained soil such as clay, loam, acidic and alkaline. It is resistant to a variety of pests and diseases in the landscape, making it easy to grow. The production of showy flowers is one of the reasons the crepe myrtle is a favorite among home gardeners. Also, it produces light green foliage that turns brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. The White crepe myrtle adds a touch of color and flair to any landscape setting. It is a standard fixture in both home and commercial landscape designs. These trees are outstanding when they are in bloom and also look brilliant when several are planted together that supplies different colors. These can almost be seen growing on all lawns because of the beauty that they offer when they are in bloom.
Hardy planting zone: cold-hardy to USDA Zone 7 or 6
Mature Height: It can reach about 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide so be mindful of this when planning a spot to plant your tree.
Soil Requirements: Crape myrtles do well in most any kind of soil, as long as it's well-drained. The ideal soil pH is neutral to slightly acidic. Crape myrtles benefit from annual feeding with a general-purpose or high-nitrogen fertilizer, in early spring as soon as you see leaves.
Growing Speed: Crape myrtles typically grow at a moderately fast growth rate --12 to 18 inches per year. The shrub may take a year or two to become established but grows quickly once it has developed a strong root system. Mature heights range between 10 and 30 feet.
Characteristics & Appearance: Displays huge, long lasting clusters of snowy white crepe-like flora at a time when few plant life are in bloom. Handsome foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer season, golden fall coloration.
Uses in Landscaping: Plant them in a location that gets sun all day, amending the soil with soil conditioner to provide a wet and well drained situation to be able to allow for brief root expansion throughout the establishment length.
Ships As – Bareroot Plant