* Created to provide bright red blossoms
* Grows 3-5 ft. per year!
* Adaptable to various soil types
Intense red flowers will attract everyone’s attention. Bright, feathery blooms last from spring to fall.
The Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle – bred at the National Arboretum by some of America’s best horticulturists – was created especially to give you bright red blooms.
Remarkably, horticulturists around the country generally agree that the new Arapahoe is the most disease resistant crape myrtle available, making it an excellent selection that requires no messy spraying – just months of candy red blooms to delight and amaze.
Perfect in Any Setting
As a barrier or tree hedge, Arapahos are one of the faster growing red Crape Myrtles...shooting up to 3-5 ft. per year.
Easily adaptable to any landscape – including yours – these trees offer spectacular color in any soil. Thrives in Growing Zones 7-9.
Be sure to plant your Arapaho Crape Myrtle in full sun. If they get too much shade, the bright red color may fade.
Because your trees are young, they may arrive with deep pink or fuchsia blooms. If this happens, don't worry. Your Arapahos will display bright red blooms the next summer.
Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Arapaho Crape Myrtle.
First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.
Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.
Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.
Next, separate the roots of your Arapaho Crape Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.
The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.
To make it just right, use a level.
As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.
Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
Water your Arapaho Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.
To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
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