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Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho'

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Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)



Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Good

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ



Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)
 

Bright Red Blooms up to 6 months a year

* 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.


Although Crape Myrtles are very well suited for hot and humid environments, a long summer can still take its toll on the leaves, especially in a nursery setting. The leaves may be showing some signs of stress, such as discoloration, or possibly even some signs of fungus. Any concern would have been treated before the trees left our nursery, but the discoloration will still show on the leaves. The trees will go dormant soon and the discolored leaves will fall. Once the trees are planted in an open location they will not exhibit these symptoms again in the spring.




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Customer Reviews

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LOVE OUR CREPE MYRTLES
We absolutely love our trees. They arrived in pristine condition. Now they are al in bloom and we can't wait until they grow bigger. Thank you for helping us make our back yard grow ever more beautiful every day.
August 14, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Arapaho
Very pleased with the four Arapaho Crepe Myrtles we purchased. They were exactly the height promised and are blooming away!
August 2, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
not to happy with it right now, but well see i wont be buying anymore trees or plants my mail, never know what you will get, to me i thought it would be nicer out of the box
July 3, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Crape Myrtle is growing fast
I planted my Arapaho tree in November 2017. It lost all its leaves for the winter, and has made a full comeback growing over 16 inches in 7 months. Beginning of June 2018, the deep red blooms exploded and the tree looks good and healthy. This Arapaho is the center point along my back fence line, I am proud of this little tree.
June 2018 @ 36" tall with blooms
January 2018 @ 17" tall
June 11, 2018
Growing Zone:
9
I was very disappointed when the tree arrived as it looked almost dead.However I followed the instructions and kept it well watered and fertilized.As you can see it is already flowering and about 4ft tall.
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12.1.17
June 7, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Response from Fast-Growing-Trees.com
It looks great! Thank you for shopping with us! Your tree was dormant when you received it, which is why it was bare. It will lose all if its leaves again in the fall, and then new growth will emerge next spring. If you ever have any questions, please give us a call at 888-504-2001. Thanks!
June 7, 2018
Amanda L Staff
Excellent
This was a gift I sent. Ordering was easy and it arrived on time , in great shape. Planting was easy for this non gardener using the planting kit. Thank you! It was the perfect gift.
May 29, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Love my new tree!
My crepe myrtle arrived happy and healthy and is thriving in it's new location. Shipping was very quick and the packaging kept my plant safe and secure. It was an amazing value for the price and I would definitely shop with Fast Growing Trees again!
May 25, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
10
Arapaho Crape Myrtle!
Excellent plant. Will see its beauty next spring! Good value for the price! I would definitely purchase again if needed.
October 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
Perfect For a Small Lawn
I live in the upstate of South Carolina. My Arapaho Crepe Myrtle has grown very quickly but it has a taller, more lean shape than my Natchez Crepe Myrtle. My Arapaho is now about four years old and is very healthy. In the summer it explodes with lovely, magenta-colored flowers. However, it seems to be growing in a way that is tall but doesn't have the spread of my Natchez Crepe Myrtle, but since it's in my front yard it's perfect for what I need. It's tall, beautiful, and healthy, but doesn't have a large "spread" compared to my Natchez. It's a great, hardy little tree that grows quickly.
June 6, 2017
Anderson, SC
Growing Zone:
7
The trees are healthy and had some blooms. They were a little smaller than I thought they would be. Its to soon to comment on growth rate. The customer service and speed of delivery was great.
September 10, 2016
Easley, SC
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
8

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Arapaho Crape Myrtle


Arapaho Crape Myrtle Planting Diretions

The Arapaho Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho') is a beautiful summer blooming tree designated for USDA growing zones 7-9. This full sun lover reaches a mature height of 15-25 feet tall, 10-20 feet wide and can take temperature drops as low as 10 degrees fahrenheit once established. The Arapaho is a disease/drought resistant crape but may need a little more water during times of excessive heat or drought. The summer season will deliver an explosion of bright red blooms throughout the canopy that you can enjoy all the way into the beginning of Autumn. Arapaho crapes are fairly quick growers pushing out about three feet per year.

Choosing a location: Crapes are FULL SUN lovers so try and find a spot where they will get as much sun as possible. Without the proper exposure your blooming will be substantially reduced or it may not bloom at all. The Arapaho is very adaptable to many soil types so just be sure that the area you’re looking to plant has adequate drainage when watering.

Planting directions:
1) After you have found your planting area, make your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Carefully remove the myrtle’s root ball from the container. Lightly tapping the container around the bottom will help free it up without causing too much damage to the root system.
3) Lightly comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots a bit before planting.
4) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk(s) of the tree) is level with the soil surface. Crapes need to be able to pull oxygen into their root systems so covering them too much may inhibit their growth.
5) Tamp down the soil lightly as you backfill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming and then water after you’ve finished to settle the soil.
6) Mulch the area around the tree to conserve water moisture and deter competing weeds and grasses from growing.

Watering: Myrtles are quite drought tolerant but may need a bit more attention with watering during the hot summer season. Depending on your soil, there may need to be more frequent waterings, especially those with very sandy soils. After planting, water regularly to start. If the climate is hot you may need to water up to five times weekly especially in lighter soils. During the cooler seasons you’ll only need to water once weekly. Proper soil moisture is important in the hot season so that you’ll have a healthier tree and better looking blooms.

Pruning: Crape pruning is always a “mixed bag” if asking anyone when and how to prune. “Crape murder” is a common term heard with those who go far beyond what is necessary when trimming their myrtles. Prune in the late winter before any of the growth begins. If done in the late fall you will jeopardize the tree’s dormancy state which can lead to the tree dying. Sterilize your cutting tools with rubbing alcohol to ensure no pathogens infect the tree and always make your cuts at a 45 degree angle.

Some prefer to chop off all of the branches at a uniformed height every year leaving the stubs for the winter season that form a ball of growth in the springtime. This is good for height control and a uniformed border but can commonly result in knobby stems and bunchy growths that are easily susceptible to disease and aphid pests. This is where the term “crape murder” comes into play. Only a light pruning of the myrtle is needed to encourage plenty of blooms but “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” when it comes to choosing the shape of your crapes.

For a more graceful tree shape, remove all but 4-5 strong trunks and then remove the lateral branches around the bottom ½ of the tree. To encourage branching, make your cuts on the longer, leggy limbs. Try not to over prune too early, do your basic pruning then allow the tree to grow a bit and then continue shaping over time. Remove any damaged, diseased, or crossing branches during the late winter. Also be sure to remove any suckers or low growths to prevent your crape from looking more shrub-like.

Fertilizing: Your Arapaho Crape will greatly benefit from an annual feeding of a high nitrogen fertilizer such as a 20-10-10 slow release formula in the early spring season. If you care to fertilize twice, feed the tree again roughly two months later. Slow release fertilizer will cut back on sucker growths but be aware, excessive fertilizing can lead to tree and limb growth but will inhibit the blooms from forming due to excess amounts of nitrogen.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Beautiful tree and good screening
Robert H on Oct 2, 2018
Color, mildew resistance, size, zone
Kathryn L on Jun 14, 2018
Beautiful tree and good screening
Robert H on Oct 2, 2018
Color
Ben W on Jun 17, 2018
Color, mildew resistance, size, zone
Kathryn L on Jun 14, 2018
Wanted to plant something in remembrance of a loved family member. It is a gift to the family and it needed to be a bright and brilliant as the person it represented.
Brenda B on May 30, 2018
I love Crape Myrtle and my new yard currently has no trees.
Janice B on May 23, 2018
Choose this crape myrtle for the positive description and red color. Found site well presented and easy to use and order from. Also, like free shipping option.
Nancy M on Mar 26, 2018
Fast growing
Neliana C on Mar 23, 2018
all day sun, color and using as a border between me and the neighbors.
Tim H on Mar 22, 2018
Beautiful colors & size!!
Doris K on Mar 16, 2018
Color and growth rate
Joey O on Jan 2, 2018
Color
Brenda D. M on Dec 3, 2017
Red is a beautiful color!
Martha M on Nov 26, 2017
I thought I had free shipping Password NOV FREE
Robert W on Nov 23, 2017
Because I like it.
David D on Oct 19, 2017
block neighbors
ken b on Apr 5, 2017
Fast growing so they say and the flowers
Yevonne S on Apr 5, 2017
because of its size and beautiful color.
Judith R on Oct 10, 2016
Color and size.
Frederick M on Oct 3, 2016
continue color in front garden end of summer
kenneth c on Oct 2, 2016
Red little tree.
Robert on Sep 24, 2016
Love the red stunning blooms and the fact that they are lasting all summer long.
Tatyana Z on Sep 19, 2016
The color sounds beautiful and the tree had good reviews. I wanted flowering shade trees for a compact space.
Susan M on Sep 18, 2016
color
Pattie A on Sep 6, 2016
I am new to planting and the reviews say is very resilient just what I need !
Also love the color !
Wendy T on Oct 17, 2015
We have a large front yard with over 100ft of street frontage. We decided to make a colorful barrier out there with red crepe myrtles. The Arapaho seemed to be the best choice for the job.
James C on Oct 11, 2015
It's beautiful color.
tri l on Oct 8, 2015
Color
Ben W on Jun 17, 2018
Wanted to plant something in remembrance of a loved family member. It is a gift to the family and it needed to be a bright and brilliant as the person it represented.
Brenda B on May 30, 2018
Do any crape myrtles do well in zone 10?
Ali O on Mar 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the varieties that we carry that do well in a zone 10 are the Natchez, Pink Velour and Muskogee.
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.
when is the best month or time to plantnt? i live in zone 7.
A shopper on Jul 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: IN THE FALL, SO THE TREE CAN GET ITS ROOT SYSTEM ESTABLISHED BEFORE THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS.... I PLANTED MINE IN OCTOBER AND THEY ALL ARE DOING GREAT THIS SUMMER.....
KEN CANIPE
IN SHELBY , NC....
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.
Is it possible to get his variety in a multi trunk tree?
Mark P on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Ours is a multi trunk tree. It had a rough time this past winter but is finally coming back nicely with 4.
In zone 8 when is the best time to plant the crepe myrtles. also, what is the best spacing?
george w on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Spring/Fall is a great time for planting. I would space 5-10 feet apart.
Do I have to buy the planting mix or the planting kit for the crepe myrtles?
Jo P on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The kit is not mandatory, however, it is very helpful. If you have pesky rodents that like to gnaw at your trees the breathable tree guard helps and the fungi is great for root growth.
Can the tree be planted near a drainfield?
Mollie V on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 'Whether you are planting trees or planning a new septic drainfield, keep the drainfield or septic leach field away from trees or shrubs which are likely to put down deep or aggressive roots. The roots will quickly invade and clog the buried effluent lines and may also cause them to move, break, or become disconnected.' 'The entire crepe myrtle root system is shallow and fibrous, spreading out horizontally up to three times as far as the canopy is wide.' 'Trees on top of or even near septic tanks, sewer lines or in leach fields are to be avoided. The rule of thumb is to keep a distance equal to the anticipated height of the tree at its maturity plus 20 percent.' I would not plant the myrtle but rather leave the area as a turf field, but I do not know your field location or situation. Hopefully the above information helps you with your decision.
How fast do they grow ?
Kirk J on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We didn't fertilize ours at all the first year- planted in February I believe. By the end of the first year it had hardly grown at all. like maybe 6 inches. However, this spring (the beginning of our 2nd year) I fertilized it with regular 15 day miracle grow and holy cow! The thing has grown at least 4- 4.5 feet taller this summer.
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!
Do the Arapaho leaves show fall color after done blooming?
Gramma on Mar 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Turn a pronounced burgundy.
can I still plant my great myrtle arapaho in September? i do live in zone 9
Marie W on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant in September, plant at least 6 weeks before the first frost.
would like arapaho crape but limited to max of 10 feet, is this possible ?
Stan F on Dec 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Crape Myrtles are easily trimmed.
What type of plant food should I use and what is the best time to fertilize the crape myrtle?
M R on Nov 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 both work well and one application in the spring is sufficient.
How big will this tree grow?
Jeff S on Nov 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: At maturity it will grow to be 15-25ft.
How do these trees do planted in containers like wine barrels?
lolly on Oct 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The larger the barrel the better. However, they do prefer to be in the ground.
When is best time to plant in South Georgia?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: In south Georgia you can plant in fall, winter or early spring.

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