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Natchez Crape

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Natchez Crape Myrtles add an elegant touch to your landscape, and can be a quick way to boost your property value.

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Natchez Crape

110 Days of Blooms

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

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Natchez Crape
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
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Planting Mix for Crape Myrtle Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Natchez Crape 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
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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
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Natchez Crape
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
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Imagine – an incredible 110 continuous days of flower power! The Natchez will delight you with hundreds of delicate, cooling white flowers from June to September. 

The Natchez Crape Myrtle is a best seller, made so popular by being a fast growing tree that blooms all summer long. 

With this lovely tree in your yard you will soon join the thousands who swear by its value as an ornamental tree.

The Natchez Crape grows very rapidly at 3-5 feet a year and is tolerant of many climates. The pure white blooms will explode in brilliance against the tree’s deep green leafy canopy. 

A Natchez Crape Myrtle also gives you the unusual bark coloring of cinnamon on the trunk and stems, along with its smooth, sleek distinctive texture. This coloring gives you great winter interest with a brightness not found in most other trees during the cold season. 

When you order from Fast Growing Trees, you can be confident that you will receive a crape myrtle with a well-developed root structure able to support rapid growth. 

Natchez is successfully grown in zones 7-10 – an exceptionally wide temperature range for crape myrtles. 

Between the long bloom period and the fact that it is much more tolerant of extreme heat and cold than its cousins, the Natchez Crape Myrtle is an ideal candidate for specimen tree placement in landscapes over a huge part of the US.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 7-10

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 20 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-10
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-10
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It's Easy to Plant your Natchez Crape


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

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 Natchez Crape 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 Natchez Crape 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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Its going to be very beautiful when it takes off. It has grown probably bout a foot or so since i received it and its on its way. hopefully it will have more leaves and some color next spring.
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December 31, 2012
I planted my Natchez in the backyard and it has grown about a foot or more already. Its blooming time here is shorter because it doesnt get really hot until August, but it is beautiful when it comes out
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December 31, 2012
These threes are some of the best I have ever bought. Truly fast growing here even on the desert.The other items I bought from FGT's are not doing well here. The gardenias died as well as the hydrengia's
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December 31, 2012
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The Natchez Crape Myrtle was delivered in great shape. Im very happy with the product and its growth rate. I have purchased the Summer Maples and Golden Tulip trees afterwards. Thank you
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December 31, 2012
So far, so good. A little slow growing ,perhaps that is the Crape Myrtle itself?, but very healthy, and when I was concerned about this and my Royal Empress trees Fast Growing Trees was quick to let me know they would make good on the purchase. So far, so good
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December 31, 2012
The tree grew at first then went dormant for winter. Thought it was dead. Then in March or soon after it started growing green stems and in July or August it actually bloomed a little. It is about four foot wide and five ft tall. You were right about it growing fast and easy. Also, doesnt use much water thats great. It looks very healthy and green right now. Looking forward to next year. Will need to prune off the bottom branches soon to encourage growth upward and a neatness look. A little bushy now. Thanks, very happy with it
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December 31, 2012
I have to disagree with the fast growth that is touted by this company. I planted mine six years ago, and it is finally about 6.5 ft. tall. Since it's purported to grow 3-5 ft a year, mine is certainly an under achiever. It should be at least 18 feet tall by now! It does flower for quite a while, so I'm happy with that. I also bought a Red Dynamite at the same time. I kept it for 3 years than removed it, because it looked like a dead twig for 9 months a year
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December 31, 2012
So far so good. I planted 7 of these trees about 8 months ago and now in June they are srouting up and doing very well. It will still take a few years for them to really mature but they are beautiful.
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December 31, 2012
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do these trees grow in the umbrella shape or do you have to prune them that way?
Mildred J on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: This is the natural shape for the Natchez Crape Myrtle, however each tree is a unique individual with it's own growth rate and pattern. Some trees may need a little shaping and pruning.
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How is this tree (Natchez Crape Myrtle) shipped? In potted soil or bare root?
Ron B on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: The Natchez Crape Myrtle is shipped in a container unless the pot is too large for shipping. If the pot is too large the Crape is removed from the pot and the roots are safely wrapped in burlap.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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What is this trees Root structure?
Jeanie M on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: The Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree has noninvasive roots that spread down and out like a crown.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
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How tall does this tree grow? Can you prune to keep about 10 feet?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: My tree is still quite small so I don't have any experience with pruning. It is supposed to grow 3' per year with a mature height of about 25' and 20' wide. We are in zone 6B and with that we are somewhat borderline for this species. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Ask again in a few years when my crepe myrtle is more mature.
Reply · Report · Susan W on Jun 24, 2014
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does it come with flowers on it, and could i see a picture of what I would be getting?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
Best Answer: Hi,
Can only speak about the tree we received. There were no blossoms, which was expected. I don't think a blooming tree would travel well. The trees pictured are full grown mature specimens. We were very pleased with our crepe myrtle.
Reply · Report · Susan W on Aug 8, 2014
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When is the best time to prune?
Betty M on Jul 31, 2014
Best Answer: Lite pruning -anytime to get rid of damaged or unsightly growth or to fill a flower vase! After blooming is finished and seed pods form, medium branches can safely be removed. Complete re-shaping should wait until colder season is upon us and saps are going down. Any heavy pruning may affect quantity of Spring blooms.
Reply · Report · Linda L on Aug 1, 2014
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how old does the natchez need to be before it is pruned. Do the blooms have a fragrance?
Mildred J on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: The Natchez Crape's fragrance isn't as strong as the Magnolia's or Gardenia's. The Natchez Crape scent is very soft and mild. You can prune your Natchez Crape a year after it's first planted. They need a year to get established then respond very well to being pruned back.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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dwarf white myrtle good for patio shade tree?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: "Dwarf" says it all- don't count on abundant shade. Size is great for patio (maybe to lend shade to a small area with a little tea table and set of chairs).
Reply · Report · Linda L on Aug 1, 2014
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dwarf white myrtle good for container as a patio shade tree? container size would be 1/2 wine barrel size or so.
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: The dwarfed version of this tree does very well planted in containers.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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My tree has sprigs or branches growing from base of trunk, can I prune them off,or will it damage tree?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Natchez is a fast growing, hardy tree, those sprigs will come back every year and is a sign of beautiful growth. It sounds like its young still, As long as its been established you could leave alone to see the tree flush out naturally or cut back to make the shape you want. Its all about what you want to see. Like anything in life you are the director what do you want to see! Warmest blessings,
Reply · Report · paul C on Oct 9, 2014
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Leaves in winter?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2014
Best Answer: The order was canceled so I can’t answer, sorry. I know what I ordered was supposed to be green year round though. You can look it up on the web.
Reply · Report · Rebecca C on Aug 27, 2014
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what about root structure? do roots go straight down or spread out on surface?
Jeanie M on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Roots seem to layer themselves into upper portion of soil. As they become older and better established, several of the original roots, now longer and thicker, are anchored down and throughout the planting area.
Reply · Report · Linda L on Jun 18, 2014
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Does the blooms shed a lot? Thinking about putting around pool.
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: Blooms will shed somewhat, not making this Crape a great choice very near a pool.
Reply · Report · Linda L on Jun 18, 2014
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Where can I go to purchase?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2014
Best Answer: That is easy . Purchase at Fast Growing Trees. Great product...great service!
Reply · Report · Susan W on Oct 19, 2014
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I PLANTED A WHITE BLOOMING CREPE MYRTLE A FEW MONTHS AGO AND NOW THE BLOOMS APPEAR TO BE PINK. IS THIS TYPICAL OR ACTUALLY A PINK CREPE MYRTLE?
AVA G on Sep 30, 2014
Best Answer: two years ago I received what was supposed to be a Natchez white crepe, but it also had pink blooms. This year after trimming the pink branches down to 4 white branches I still had one branch that produced pink blooms. The tree is not a
Crepe Myrtle tree as I have seen over the years, but just a common crepe. I purchase all my stock locally now and do not recommend this company
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When is the best time of year to plant this tree in SW Florida? I thought I had read that winter was best. Is this true. Want one for a memorial tree for a child.
alaskacj on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant the Natchez Crape Myrtle is in the early Spring or early Fall. If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above you can go ahead and plant this tree now. The Natchez Crape is a very heat and drought tolerant tree though, so if you don't want to wait to plant it with the proper TLC and water it will grow just fine.
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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
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  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. 
 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$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.