The sun is strong and the heat is high, but the Crape Myrtles love it. Some varieties start blooming in late spring and some in summer.
We planted them in a flower bed in a triangular shape in 2006. They are about 5 and a half feet tall now. The mature height for this variety is 20 – 30 feet. This is a reminder that soil type and depth is a factor in any bush or tree growth.
This picture also shows what happens if all the little bloom twigs are not cut off at the end of winter. Crape myrtles bloom on new growth, so this task is important.
This year we were involved in cleaning out my mother’s house to get it ready for the market. So many late winter, early spring garden chores were neglected.
These two Basham’s Party Pink Crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Basham’s Party Pink’) are a case in point. As an aside: Crapemyrtle is sometimes spelled as one word and sometimes as two. So I’m using whichever was used on each label.
Fortunately, the final height of 30′ to 40′ will work well in our yard. Online resources about Crapemyrtles make it easy to plan ahead.
Two Centennial Spirit Crapemyrtle were planted in 2015. They have struggled to survive and grow. Most Crapemyrtles have a cold hardy temperature of 10 degrees. This winter, temps dropped down to 4 and stayed there for several days. So several plants have taken longer than usual to recover.
They were bought from a man at a private plant sale in San Antonio. Strangely, they aren’t listed on the A & M list. They are on a chart from Fanick’s Nursery in San Antonio. So I don’t know how readily available they are on the general market.
Crapemyrtles are available in many shades of pink, red, lavender, and white. They are probably the most spectacular small flowering tree in this area. Just can’t praise them enough for their beauty and reliability.
“Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.” Joanne Rapits