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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

Height:

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.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $7.00 each
4 left in stock
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List: $129.95
Sale: $64.98
6 at $61.73 each
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Height:

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.

1-2 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $49.95
Sale: $24.98
6 at $23.73 each
Qty:  
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.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$19.95
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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:

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
$13.95
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TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
$29.95
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Arapaho Crape Myrtle
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.


DIEHARD Transplant
$8.95
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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. 

History 

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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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.

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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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.
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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 · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 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 · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 19, 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 · Report · Judy H on Jun 8, 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 · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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when is the best month or time to plantnt? i live in zone 7.
A shopper on Jul 31, 2014
Best Answer: I purchased this tree last spring and planted it Mid April. I am in zone 6/7 (Long Island, NY). The tree was about 3 1/2 feet tall when planted. It took awhile to take root and show some growth. And it survived one of the most brutally cold, windy and snowy winters I can remember.
I was actually going to replace it with a larger tree this spring but had difficulty locating any suitable trees at local nurseries. I am glad I did not take that step. Once the weather warmed up, the tree has grown at least two to three feet this summer and has multiple spectacular red blooms all over - almost too heavy for the thin limbs!. While it is still only about 6 feet tall at its highest bloom, I expect it to grow 2-3 feet yearly as advertised and am looking forward to watching it mature. My wife and I enjoy the tree every morning when we view it outside our kitchen door.
I would think you still have time to plant it this year and let it take hold. Don't expect too much in terms of leaf development and blooms in the first season but if planted properly you will hopefully be as satisfied as I am.
Reply · Report · Joel C on Jul 31, 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.
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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.
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Is it possible to get his variety in a multi trunk tree?
Mark P on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: YES, MY TREE ONLY HAD ONE TRUNK WHEN I GOT IT. SINCE I PLATED THE TREE, I SIMPLY LET OTHER SHOOTS COME UP FROM THE ROOTS AND THEN PRUNED THOSE ONCE THEY WHERE TALL ENOUGH TO HANDLE SOME PRUNING. I NOW HAVE A TOTAL OF THREE TRUNKS. I FERTILIZED MY TREE WITH OSMOCOTE WHEN I PLANTED IT AND IT HAS TAKEN OFF.
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when do i prune it?
A shopper on Oct 20, 2014
Best Answer: My tree grew tremendously this year - almost three feet!!! I haven't pruned it yet, other than a few low lying new trunks. I've read that the best time to do it is early winter or early spring (after leaves have fallen or before new buds begin to appear). So, that's what I plan on doing.

FYI- it took a full season for my plant to take hold. Not much growth the first year but amazing blooms this year even though it's barely six feet tall at its highest point. I'm looking forward to more growth and blooms next year!
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How will Crape Mytles do in Topeka, KS?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
Best Answer: Most Crape Myrtle Trees get a little too cold outside of above zone 6. The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle can handle cold temperatures in zone 5, but I recommend looking into other flowering trees like the Jane Magnolia or Cleveland Pear that can really withstand cold temperatures and inclement winter weather.

http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ZoneMap.htm
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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.
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How do these trees do planted in containers like wine barrels?
lolly on Oct 13, 2014
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When is best time to plant in South Georgia?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
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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$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.