Plant of the Week: Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtle is a highly popular Southern tree that produces multitudes of blooms every summer. There many varieties and colors that grow to different heights and sizes so plan your space and choose a tree and color that will meet your needs.

Crape Myrtles are deciduous and drop their leaves in late fall but as they mature they produce a beautiful cinnamon color trunk that is pretty on its own.

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Choose varieties that are hardier for Florida. Some of the more popular varieties are:


Crape Myrtle ‘Muskogee’

(Lavender Pink) that will grow quite large – up to 25 to 30 feet high and 15’-20’ across.


Crape Myrtle – Tuscarora

(Hot Pink) that is more compact growing with a height of 15’-20’ and 8’-10’ across.


(White) that is an “umbrella” shaped in that it does not grow really high- 15’-20’ but does have a wide umbrella shaped head that can be 10’-15’ across.

Red Flowers

Reds are also quite popular and there are a few that have red flowers such as Red Rocket (15’-20’), Dynamite (15’-20’) or Ebony – which is unusual because it has dark maroon foliage with bright red flowers and is one of the lower growing varieties – 10’-15’.