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Arapaho Crape Myrtle

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Some Crape Myrtles claim to have red blooms, but the Arapaho really delivers. When I see the Arapaho Crape Myrtle in full bloom, it makes everything around it look amazing.

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Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Bright Red Blooms up to 6 months a year


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

2-3 ft.

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Arapaho Crape Myrtle
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Crape Myrtle Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. Crape Myrtle Trees Slow Release Fertilizer Tablets. Your tree will get the optimal nutrition when it needs it most.
Fungi Tree Guard Fertilizer Tabs
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard Fertilizer Tablets
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Planting Mix for Crape Myrtle Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Arapaho Crape Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
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Arapaho Crape Myrtle
Fertilizer Tablets
Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.

Fertilizer Tablets
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* 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.

Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 10-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-9
(blue area above)

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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Arapaho Crape Myrtle can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
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It's Easy to Plant your Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Arapaho Crape Myrtle.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

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.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

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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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Jennifer in Vienna, VA
I planted mine last fall and expected blooms this summer, but no blooms the first season. However, the tree is very healthy and has grown significantly this year. I had a good experience with Fast Growing Trees Nursery and have since ordered something else that also came in excellent condition.

By: Linda in King of Prussa, PA
Was very impressed by how well this tree was packaged when I received it but am even more impressed by how amazing it is doing. My tree was about 3 1/2 ft tall when I planted it last May and its already grown about 10 ft, and is starting to flower! Extremely satisfied with this tree and am definitely going to order at least one more for my back yard. I made the mistake of buying another tree from a local greenhouse for my backyard and planted at the same time and it died. Definitely recommend your trees, very high quality. Thank you!

By: Maxine in Central Florida
We received our crape myrtle about a month ago ,June,. The packaging was great. My plant has grown quite a lot since I planted it and already has numerous blooms on it.

By: Theresa in Chicago, IL
I ordered a red Crape Myrtle. I didnt think it was going to make it but after researching them I found that they get new growth well into the summer. So if yours isnt doing so hot, give it a chance...it will surprise you come mid-summer.

By: Sharon in NJ
I purchased my arapaho red crape myrtle last fall and it seems to be doing well.

By: Elaine in Corinth, MS
Takes a lickin..keeps on growin. We live in northeast Mississippi and I planted three Arapaho Crepe Myrtles in the Spring of 08. I had to transplant one because of unexpected yard work; then my dear mother, 92 years old, mistook them as "weeds" and broke two off at the ground! I was sick. About a month later, here they came again, stronger than ever. I dont suggest doing this to ANY plant; but so thankful mine survived. There were blooms on all three this first year, and they are about 4 feet tall. Hopefully, we wont have more trauma to them in 2009 and they can have a normal growing season. The blooms were RED; just what I wanted; not fuchsia or "orangey." I am so excited to have them.

By: Charles in Sykesville, MD
The Arapaho Crape Myrtles I purchased from Fast growing trees are doing great. They are a very Deep Red color and the flowers seem to last a very long time. I am very pleased with these trees.

By: Cynthia V. in Bloomfield, CT
Absolutely Beautiful! I consider myself an average gardener....gaining experience each year; however, I have to say the red crape myrtles that I purchased from you were absolutely beautiful this summer. This was my first season with the 6ft Arapaho Crape Myrtles but Ive had the Dynamite Crape Myrtles as well. I cant wait to see the growth on them for the second season. I just hope they survive the New England winters that we have. I do plan to order two more next spring. Thank You!

By: Margaret
My Crape Myrtle is doing great! Thanks a lot!

By: Rob in Atlanta, GA
I was very impressed with the size a health of my new Arapaho Crape Myrtle! It was quite big ,almost 4 feet tall, and full to boot. It bloomed quite readily, and was pleased with the length of bloom time; not to mention the extreme beauty of the blooms. It was as described and then some!! Thank you fast growing trees!

By: Ted
Our crape myrtles are doing extremely well, one has doubled in height and tripled in spread.

By: Craig in Nashville, TN
My crape myrtle had a rough start, but still looks great! The tree was planted according to the directions, but there were two nights of below freezing temperatures the following weekend. I thought that the tree did not survive, but the next spring it flowered and today it looks great.

By: Paul
I planted this tree last fall and thought it had died over the winter. To my amazement the tree grew through out the summer and had beautiful blooms. The packaging was perfect. Very impressed!!! Thanks so much!!

By: Tom in Trinidad, CO
I planted my red arapaho in my front yard. I almost thought that it wasnt going to come out of it this year as we had a very bad snow storm last year that did a lot of damage. It did not grow from the old shoots it had last year instead it sprouted all new ones that grew rather quickly. It has very beautiful red flowers when it blooms and they last almost until winter starts.

By: Suzanne
Today is 7/12/08. The Arapaho crape myrtle just arrived and I took it out of the box and watered it. It is twice as big and much healthier than one I got from another nursery in May. I look forward to seeing it grow and bloom.

By: Carol
I love my Crape Myrtle I received last year. I first saw one while visiting family in Georgia and thought it was one of the most beautiful trees I ever seen. I live in MI and I was hesitate about ordering one since I couldnt find one sold in the state. It looks beautiful and several people have commented on its beauty. It is healthy and is growing!!

By: Paula in Gilmer, TX
The tree was barely 3 feet tall when I received it and planted it in July of last summer. Just over a year later it is over 6 feet tall. It had full beautiful red blooms that lasted through October. I live in a very dry area, but the tree flourished anyway. I have been extremely satisfied with my Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle.

By: Jeff in Carrollton, TX
I planted my Arapaho Crape in an existing flower bed that gets Sun about half of the day. I broke it getting it out of the shipping box so it is not as tall as it would be otherwise. It grows well here and is drought resistant but I would have liked it more if it had grown more than it has but perhaps my expectations are too high. I would recommend this for anyone who does not have a green thumb since it is very hardy.

By: Iris in Roseburg, O
I have 3 of them. Last year only the one mainly bloomed, but this year all 3 bloomed with the brightest, beautiful red flowers. I got many compliments! Thank you.

By: Steve in Columbus, OH
The verdict is still out. The Arapaho Crape I purchased a year ago had trouble surviving last Winter. As matter of fact I thought it was dead and ordered a replacement last May. By the time my replacement had arrived I recognized a small shoot coming out of the ground so I dug it up and replanted in my back yard. The Crape has now grown almost as high as my replacement. So Im curious to see how they will do this Winter. The replacement bloomed nicely late this Summer so I was happy with that. I actually have 3 Crapes now as I ordered an additional one with my replacement. I will be crossing my fingers that all of their current growth survives. Thanks!

By: John in New Hope, PA
My red arapaho crape myrtle is a striking red color for most of the summer. It has doubled in size in one season from 3ft to 6ft. I couldnt be more pleased and many comment on the striking red color they have yet to see on a crape. Nice product!

By: Carmel in Salem, OR
Awesome! We wanted something that would only grow to about 30 feet to cover the view of the neighbors rooftop, but not the view of the hillside facing us. We wanted a flowering tree, but not fruit-bearing and I found it at Fast Growing Trees. I ordered 3 crape myrtles which arrived looking like bare sticks but I planted them as instructed. They "leafed up" great so we decided to order 3 more to fully line the west side of our property. The next 3 arrived with some leaves on them already ,because of the time of year we ordered them, and by the end of summer, you couldnt tell they were planted at different times. They all grew about 2 feet and had lots of foliage and flowers. Weve only had a little trouble with deer gnawing on two of the trees but we believe that was an isolated incident. The crape myrtles look gorgeous and we cant wait until next year when they are a little taller and thicker with even more flowers.

By: Martha
Wanted to let you know that my mother received her tree last friday afternoon and I went over and planted it first thing saturday morning -- we are THRILLED with it! Thank you so much!! Your customer service is excellent!!!!

By: Stan MIller
Very good results thus far. Received and planted in late fall. Trees are healthy and have more than doubled in size.

By: S. Singh in Monroe Twp., NJ
I purchased the Arapaho Crape Myrtles after seeing the color of the flowers on the website. It has been over a year now and they are doing very well. The flower colors are still a beautiful red, the leaves are healthy and it is maintenance free. I just wish I had some of that comcast high speed internet liquid so the myrtles can get bigger faster ,

By: Eric
Arrived in great condition. Planted as directed and tree is doing great!

By: Anne
I too received the Arapaho crape myrtle in July - little guy was small when we planted him but in no time he burst up and is doing great - very happy!

By: Stacy
You have been VERY kind. I appreciate a company that stands behind their product. I will continue to use you in the future and I will also recommend you to any one I know that is shopping for trees. I will be providing future business for my new home. Thank you again for your help and understanding.

By: Susan
My dad bought 5 of these from you in May 2008. All 5 of the Arapaho Crape Myrtles are growing wonderfully.

By: Suni Thomas
Tree arived in excellent condition, good pkging. Is doing well during drought in Ozarks and blooming in mid-July. Beautiful red, not deep red.

By: Ozzy
This tree has been in the ground for sometime (8 months) not doing anything really. It has many leaves now and lots of flowers pods about to open but not as yet.

By: Harriett Mabe
Beautiful trees, arrived fast and were
packaged great. They are very healthy
trees. I will order again from this company. I could not believe how big they were and were potted very nicely.

By: Donna Tirella
Received during fall so it was leafless, but did grow nicely in the spring. Flowers are just beginning to appear.

By: Ben Thomas, New York
I ordered three of this in this spring and already full of flowers. I love it. Also the company has a supper customer service.

By: Stephen
Although very well packaged, I'll have to admit that my Arapahos looked pretty pathetic when they arrived. However, just one week after planting them, they look spectacular. They have put out tremendous amounts of new growth and have resumed blooming. Wish I had ordered more!

By: kathy Alexander
I order this tree last year not understanding the zone. I live in Missouri and this tree is doing great

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Why is my crape myrtle growing from the bottom and there are no buds on the tree that is 3 years old.?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: You don't mention what zone you're in so I can only guess that perhaps your winter conditions are burning back the top of the tree but not killing the roots. I have two Arapaho Crape Myrtles, purchased from FGT last year. I'm in zone 8a and am not having the problem you described. Mine are constantly putting up suckers from the roots, which I keep pruned away. Last winter got to well below 20 degrees F on several occassions, I waited until this spring to prune back any stem or branch that didn't show new growth and now I have flower buds in abundance and some blooms already showing.
Reply · J P on May 31, 2014
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What about the roots?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure what you are asking. I just followed the directions that came with the tree. It didn't bloom first season, (Mar 2013) but it's blooming now. I live in central FL.
Reply · Judy H on Jun 8, 2014
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Is Arapaho crepe myrtle deer reaistant?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: The Arapaho Crape Myrtle Tree is deer resistant. However no plant is 100% deer proof. If food is sparse deer will eat anything, but Arapaho Crape Myrtle Trees are definitely not a deer's first choice.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Will the Arapaho crepe myrtle do well in SLC, Utah or will it winter kill down to the ground in our
sometimes harsh winters?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: The Arapaho Crape Myrtle Tree isn't very cold tolerant. Temperatures consistently below freezing will kill it. Utah gets a little too cold for this tree.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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Do I have to buy the planting mix or the planting kit for the crepe myrtles?
Jo P on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: Nope. Although I'm sure their kit product is excellent, I used a peaty organic soil, and mine have exceeded every expectation. Follow well, their planting instructions and rest easy.
Reply · Charlie M on Jul 26, 2014
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Hi. We live in Stewartsville, NJ and it says we are in zone 6a-10f. I would like to buy 2 mature red blooming myrtles since we just lost ours due to the harsh winter we just endured. Do you think they are hardy enough to withstand our winters? How do you recommend we protect them during the winter months? Thanks.
Liz R on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: Enter an answer to this question. I live in Paoli PA. I have several Arapaho, I listen to Mike McGrath on WHYY Gardening Show. I was upset that my arapaho didn't come back quickly this year. He spoke about hydrangeas which I think are probably more common in this area than the crepe myrtles. He said that people who had hydrangeas come back at all were very lucky after our harsh winter. My arapaho came back but from the base not from old wood. Some of them I have had only a year. The one that was older had one branch sprout back. All are now growing well from the base but I am back to 24 inches or so in height. I am considering this a recovery year and and will protect them more if we have another cold winter.
Reply (1) · Julie Z on Jul 6, 2014
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Is it possible to get his variety in a multi trunk tree?
Mark P on Jun 27, 2014
Reply · Kelly D on Jun 30, 2014
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how many bags of planting mix do you advise?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: I would suggest one bag of planting mix, since it's supposed to be mixed in with your natural soil to help your tree get used to its new environment.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 19, 2014
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Is it single or multiple trunk you are selling at $26.98?
Michael L on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: A common characteristic of Crape Myrtle Trees is for them to have multiple trunks. Each tree is a unique individual, so we can't guarantee the amount of trunks that each tree will have. That is the current price of the 2 to 3 foot size. Right now all of our trees are 50% off until the 26th of June.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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