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A huge profusion of purple blooms that last an entire summer season is the reason to own Catawba Crape Myrtle. It's a mid-sized tree, so it isn't as big as it's taller cousins, but doesn't let you down with it's gaggle of blossoms that cover the entire tree and give the branches an amazing fountain-like appearance. If you want endless summer flowers, this hardy Myrtle is the only one to own!

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Catawba is a magnificent Crape Myrtle with many highly sought after features. This species has an extended flowering season and remains a stunning addition long into the fall. Catawba is a deciduous shrub that is extremely versatile so you will find endless ways to implement it into your landscape. Lively green foliage creates an amazing backdrop for the brilliant purple blooms.

These cone shaped clusters of blossoms are truly eye-catching and sit upright on the branches. Often, Catawba gets so smothered in dense blooms that the branches will bend from the weight, which gives the tree a gorgeous cascading appearance. The incredible purple tone of the flowers explodes against the limbs and the emerald green leaves. If the gorgeous blooms are not enough to excite your senses, the radiant brown and gray tones of the shedding bark will provide even more texture to enjoy.

Lasting from late spring through early fall, you will enjoy Catawba Crape Myrtle waterfall of violet flowers all summer long. There is truly no other tree that blooms as long and profusely as this Crape Myrtle! As fall begins and Catawba’s vibrant blossom display is coming to a close, its autumn foliage prepares to take center stage. Catawba Crape Myrtle’s leaves will yield gorgeous shades of reddish-bronze, orange and yellow. This vivacious presentation will add endless splashes of color to your fall garden. Catawba Crape Myrtle reaches heights of 12-15 feet at maturity.

Versatile by nature, you can trim and train this shrub into countless designs to fit your garden. Catawba can be trained to grow in more of a bushy, vase like shape that shows of its natural form and multi-branching habit or it can be trained to grow in a single, more tree-like state with very little effort. You will find that Catawba Crape Myrtle will be able to fit just about any outdoor design requirement. Planted in groups or posing alone, Catawba Crape Myrtle is destined to be the centerpiece of your landscape.

Planted by an outdoor lounge or dining area Catawba will provide glorious shade during the hot summer months as well as pleasing scenery. This Crape Myrtle is incredibly easy to grow. Catawba blooms best when planted in full sun, however. This species will tolerate some shade as well, but may not bloom as densely. Drought tolerant, deer and disease resistant combined with the ability to grow in most any soil type makes this tree a gardener’s top pick.

A dazzling addition to your landscape, Catawba is sure to impress your neighbors with its effortless beauty. This alluring specimen will no doubt be a showstopper in your garden!

Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 8-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Catawba Crape Myrtle

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Catawba 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 Catawba 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 Catawba 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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Easy hardy plant, color of flowers amazing.FABULOUS FOR CENTRAL F
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If you are looking for a stunning shrub to line your drive-way then look no further! The flowers are deep purple with the vase like shape and gorgeous stems of flowers cascading in waterfall like features. I get tons of compliments and this type of shrub is hard to find. Disease resistant with moderate growth, if you are on the fence, try it, you won't be disappointed!
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can you start a crepe myrtle with one of its branches?
leona g on Jan 11, 2015
What is the watering and fertilizer requirement for this tree??
st larriy on Apr 12, 2015
Best Answer: An established Crepe Myrtle will benefit form being fertilized once a year in early spring. An 8-8-8- or 10-10-10 fertilizer will do fine, and look for a slow-release form with trace minerals. Too much fertilizer on an established tree will result in lots of foliage and a reduced number of flowers, so don't over do it! Water after applying your fertilizer to start the process.

When first planted and for subsequent year or two, you can fertilize more frequently (3 times over the spring and summer), to encourage vigorous growth. Be sure to give your young tree adequate water: if you don't get an inch of rain during the course of a couple of weeks, give your young tree supplemental watering, and you can continue this for the first two seasons, then slack off as the tree will have a pretty good root system by then.
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i want the big leaf catawba tree that has the catawba worms?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: The Catawba trees you are referring to are not crape myrtles. They are a different tree that the catapillar of a certain likes. Just google catawpa worms.
Reply · Report · smack on May 20, 2015
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Should my myrtles have foliage by now? I live in s. Illinois,
paul m on May 25, 2015
Best Answer: Crepe Myrtles are one of the last trees to leaf out in spring, and you live pretty far north, so likely, all you need is a little patience. Check the branches for tiny leaf buds; if you have healthy buds you'll soon have leaves. Of course, living in Illinois, the winters are pretty severe and not many Crepe myrtles are hardy in zone 5, so this last winter might have killed your Crepe Myrtle.
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can you start a crape myrtle from a small branch?
leona g on Jan 11, 2015
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How about using this cultivar as a shrub screen in a 6' wide greenway along the driveway? How far apart should they be planted?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: Crape myrtle are beautiful anywhere. I would plant them 4 to 6 ft. apart. Prune early. I have both the catawba
and dynamite, prefer the dynamite by far.
Reply · Report · David E on Jul 11, 2014
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What's the best time of the year to plant crape myrtles? I live in S Eastern Michigan, will they do well here & how much water do they require?
Linda C on Oct 30, 2014
Best Answer: Crepe myrtles can be planted pretty much year round. However, you are a zone or two too far north for any of the Crepe myrtles we sell. Perhaps you should consider some other summer blooming shrub, like a Hydrangea or Buddleia. Check out our site for what is currently available.
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why is my crepe myrtle planted last summer not blooming?
A shopper on Aug 21, 2014
Best Answer: It probably needs extra nutrients. Gypsum and fish emulsion works on mine, but put banana peels around on the soil, this helps my other plants (like roses) bloom. If you have pets, bury them shallow around the tree.
Reply · Report · Tam J on Aug 27, 2014
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How fast will my Catawba grow in a year?
A shopper on Sep 18, 2014
Best Answer: My Catawba grew about 2ft the first year, but I have very shallow soil and then rock. However, it has bloomed steadily from March and is still going into Fall. The color is terrific.
Reply · Report · Glenn D on Sep 18, 2014
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Best month to plant?
Harriet G on Sep 6, 2014
Best Answer: I have planted all 6 of mine in the Spring after last frost and they are doing great
Reply · Report · Frank F on Sep 26, 2014
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I prefer one center tree-like state..lol. Do you have one with just the center trunk?
Kellie M on Aug 1, 2014
Best Answer: Crape Myrtles commonly have multiple trunks. It's in their genes. To find one with only one trunk would be very rare, and can't be promised. For a flowering tree with a single trunk we recommend the Royal Empress or flowering Cherry Trees.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 1, 2014
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will a Catawba Crape Myrtle’s grow successfully in large containers Zone 7 ??
Peni J on Jul 11, 2015
Best Answer: Hi Peni
Crape Myrtles can be container grown and trained with work, but will want a larger pot periodically.
You may also be able to grow crape myrtles outdoors depending on where you are in zone 7. Our sales department 1 (888) 504-2001 would be happy to help you find the perfect tree for container or ground planting. Happy Gardener
Reply · Report · Lisa BStaff on Jul 15, 2015
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How far should I plant a crepe myrtle from the cement foundation of my house?
Eduardo Z on Jun 14, 2015
Best Answer: I'd probably go out 3 to 5 feet. I don't think I'd be real worried about that foundation, but if the tree ends up being 8 to 10 feet in diameter, you don't probably want it too close.
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one picture shows purple blossoms the other is pink ...which is it...also is this a tree form or bush/shrub?
jim b on May 27, 2015
Best Answer: The blooms start off a light pink color and gradually get darker...I would call the end bloom color a dark lavender to almost light purple. If you don't trim and shape the tree it will be more like a bush! As soon as you get the tree planted ....take off the branches you don't want.
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can i get a single trunk Catawba Crape Myrtle?
Bo S on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: Crape Myrtle Trees often have multiple trunks. It's very rare and difficult to find one with a single trunk.
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