How to pick the right crape myrtle tree. Hint, it’s not just about color

How to pick the right crape myrtle tree. Hint, it’s not just about color




A query for Dan Gill: My husband desires to plant crepe myrtle bushes on the aspect of the home. I need them, however I don’t want them to be enormous. Are there smaller-growing crape myrtles? I used to be fascinated about planting bushes that may develop to be about 15 toes in peak and eight toes in width. Please counsel a sort of crape myrtle and another choice which may keep inexperienced all 12 months, if doable. — Janice

Reply: First, let me offer you a gold star for asking this query. Selecting a crape myrtle is excess of simply deciding on the specified flower coloration. It is also crucial that you just resolve what measurement crape myrtle could be most applicable in your state of affairs, after which buy a cultivar that matures at about that measurement.

There are some good crape myrtles that mature at about 15 toes tall, give or take a couple of toes. The Eight-foot width could also be harder as crape myrtles are usually wider than that at maturity. Be sure to find the bushes not less than Eight to 10 toes away from the home.

A number of cultivars which can be in that measurement class embrace: Byers White, Catawba (purple), Choctaw (pink), Comanche (coral), Osage (pink), and Potomac (pink). Sioux, medium pink, is among the finest.

You’ll be restricted by what your native nurseries are carrying. See if they’re carrying any of the above.

Some small evergreen bushes embrace loquat, candy olive, Savannah holly and Little Gem magnolia.

Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter. E mail inquiries to dgill@agcenter.lsu.edu or add them to the remark part under. Observe his tales at www.nola.com/homegarden, on Fb and @nolahomegardenon Instagram.