What You Should Know Before Choosing a Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtles (or crepe myrtles), are ubiquitous in the Southern U.S. for good reason! Their showy blooms last all summer long, and many varieties’ autumn leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Chambersville Tree Farm offers over 15 varieties of showstopping crepe myrtles. With that many to choose from, we want to make sure you can pick out the best of these iconic beauties for your landscape. Below are the two main factors to consider when selecting your perfect crape myrtle.

What You Should Know Before Choosing a Crape Myrtle

1. Choose the right size

Crepe myrtles can grow anywhere from two to 30 feet high, so consider the space in which you want to plant your new ornamental. Many people make the mistake of underestimating the maximum growth height of their crape myrtle trees and therefore have to over-prune them. Pruning incorrectly or too much can create an unsightly and weak tree. Make sure to thoroughly read the crepe myrtle’s tag to verify which size you are purchasing.

Dwarf or miniature

  • considered shrubs
  • grow two to five feet tall and wide
  • great for planting close to structures, by a window, and used in landscaping
  • less likely to require pruning

Semi-dwarf or medium

  • considered small trees
  • grow up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide
  • Should not require much pruning if planted in the appropriate spot

Large

  • considered large trees
  • can grow up to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide at full maturity
  • May need pruning around electrical lines and roofs

2. Decide the best color for your landscape

Crape myrtle trees and shrubs create long-lasting color throughout the summer months via their copious flowers. Their beauty continues to stun throughout the fall and winter. These ornamentals’ flowers, barks, and leaves grow in various shades. Consider your surrounding landscape and other plants to make sure the colors of blooms and barks complement your landscape’s aesthetic.

Flower color

Crepe myrtles come in many different bloom colors including white, pastel pink and lavender, magenta, hot pink, deep red, and rich indigo purple. There is a color to suit almost any plant-lover’s taste.

Bark color

Trunks, barks, and limbs come in a variety of colors such as soft beige, light and dark grey, rusty brown, and dark tan. Bark starts to shed at maturity as part of a completely normal process that paints the tree and creates a unique piece of art in your yard!

Autumn foliage color

The dazzling foliage color change differs between crape myrtle varieties. Leaves morph into fiery shades of red, orange, and yellow when the weather starts to cool off.

Let us help you choose

If you’re still not sure which crepe myrtles to choose, contact us today for more information on our crape myrtle tree and bush varieties. You can also visit our organic tree farm in North Central Texas that is a short drive from Dallas. We will be more than happy to assist you in picking out your perfect crepe myrtles!