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Catawba Crape Myrtle

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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 generally 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.

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 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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By: April Rogers
Easy hardy plant, color of flowers amazing.FABULOUS FOR CENTRAL FL

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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 · David E on Jul 11, 2014
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i want the big leaf catawba tree that has the catawba worms?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: Our trees are bug free. Unfortunately we are unsure of where you can get these worms.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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