Purple Crape Myrtle
Purple crape myrtle is among the most striking summer-blooming trees, offering panicles of rich blooms in shades from lavender to darker hues. Whether you want a light, breezy effect in your yard or a row of jewel-toned trees, this is a perfect addition to a garden for a border or to fill in space where you'd like some shade.
Purple Crape myrtle can not be beaten for its easy maintenance needs.
This small tree has a compact growth habit that makes it a good choice for areas where you want color and form but doesn't have a lot of space. The ruffled blossoms erupt in long-lasting dense clusters and love to soak up sunlight. This is an excellent choice for regions that don't get a lot of rain because, once the tree has become established, it needs only periodic soakings instead of constant watering. Regular watering is necessary during the first year to help the tree become established. Purple crape myrtles do well in USDA plant hardiness zones 7-10.
Deer aren't particularly fond of purple crape myrtle, making it a fabulous tree for yards in deer-prone zones. Bees and birds do like the tree, so this is a good one for gardens where you want to provide shelter and nectar. Its height and spread max out around 20-30 feet, with a spread of 10 feet being prevalent. It has a moderate rate of growth and works in spots where you want to fill in space fairly quickly but where you don't need speedy growth, such as for a windscreen. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring; prune only to maintain shape and expose new wood for the next season's blooms. The tree is deciduous, and its roots are sidewalk-friendly, meaning you can safely plant this tree near sidewalks and driveways.
These shrubs are shipped during dormancy and do not not have any leaves or blossoms at that time.
They are shipped bare root (no pots or containers) but the Purple Crape Myrtle will thrive and flourish the following Spring/Summer.
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