This outstanding specimen shrub/small tree has a varied habit and is often grown as a multi-stemmed tree to showcase its great smooth gray exfoliating bark that reveals a varied underbark giving the textured surface a great mottled look. The bark is quite an impressive feature of this plant.
A rather fast growing plant it will reach heights of 15-25 feet tall. (Occasionally even larger) Hardy in zones 7 to 9. Quite sensitive to the cold, I have seen it grown successfully in Seattle, Zone 8, however in a protected area down near the waters edge.
Flowering late in the season, from July through September, the 6-8 inch long and 5-6 inch wide panicles are made up of 1.25-inch wide crinkled flowers that put on quite an impressive show.
The new emerging leaves are quite varied in color from yellow/green to bronze/red, turning a dark green as the growing season progresses. Fall color also varies from yellow/red/orange throughout the same tree. You will find that the white flowering varieties such as: ‘Acoma’, ‘Byers Wonderful White’ and ‘Natchez’ will color yellow in the fall, where as the darker flowering varieties (pinks and reds) will exhibit the yellow/red/orange coloring.
Not immune to pest and disease the crapemyrtle is susceptible to powdery mildew/ aphids, sooty mold as well as leaf spot and Florida wax scale. Plant this specimen in moist well-drained soils for best results. In marginally hardy zones it is common practice to prune the crapemyrtle to the ground. Where the crapemyrtle is hardy there is very limited reasons and need to prune. Pruning should be limited to removal of dead stems and removal of stems to keep larger growing varieties in bounds. Maintaining three to seven main stems produces a wonderful specimen.
This late blooming plant is a great addition to the landscape where hardy. Suitable for planting beneath power lines and in limited space situations.