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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.


Full Sun


8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho'

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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.


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.

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Customer Reviews

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red crepe myrtle
bought this year, 2014, planted at corner of yard. It has been in bloom every since we planted it. Beautiful bright clear red color. Soooo pretty. We are looking forward to it growing in size and becoming a land mark on our street.
September 29, 2014
lss vegas, NV
over 4 years ago
Growing Zone:
Colorful Crepe Myrtle
I have 8 Crepe Myrtles and live in zone 7. We experience extremes in temperature from -10 in winter to 105 degree summer days. It is important to put at least 10 inches of mulch at the base of each tree and wrap them in burlap before the first freeze of winter. Although my trees are growing 4-5 inches a year, most likely due to climate, they are absolutely beautiful. I can't wait until they are 10ft tall.
September 7, 2014
over 4 years ago
Was very impressed by how well this tree was packaged when I received it but am even more impressed by how amazing it is doing. My tree was about 3 1/2 ft tall when I planted it last May and its already grown about 10 ft, and is starting to flower! Extremely satisfied with this tree and am definitely going to order at least one more for my back yard. I made the mistake of buying another tree from a local greenhouse for my backyard and planted at the same time and it died. Definitely recommend your trees, very high quality. Thank you
January 1, 2013
Tree arived in excellent condition, good pkging. Is doing well during drought in Ozarks and blooming in mid-July. Beautiful red, not deep red
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle
My Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle arrived quickly, wonderfully packaged and in good condition. It bloomed right away. The blooms appeared to be pink, instead of red, but deepened in color after a few days. However, it now seems to be struggling, despite diligent watering and care. I suspect the location may be problematic somehow, but will continue to take care of the tree and hope for the best. Based on the fact that it arrived in good condition, I must assume that the problem is occurring on this end. I would definitely order from this company again.
September 2, 2014
over 4 years ago
The tree was barely 3 feet tall when I received it and planted it in July of last summer. Just over a year later it is over 6 feet tall. It had full beautiful red blooms that lasted through October. I live in a very dry area, but the tree flourished anyway. I have been extremely satisfied with my Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle
January 1, 2013
My dad bought 5 of these from you in May 2008. All 5 of the Arapaho Crape Myrtles are growing wonderfully.
January 1, 2013
arapaho crape myrtle
Hello, thank you for this opportunity to share with others, the pleasurable time I had ordering to planting. It was as easy as 1-2-3 check out your web sight- place your order including date you would like it delivered- and plant. The trees arrived just in time for planting just like I planned I had a few weeks of prep work to do' so it work out perfect. thanks again. Sincerely John, Lake Hiawatha NJ
October 29, 2014
Parsippany, NJ
over 4 years ago
Today is 7/12/08. The Arapaho crape myrtle just arrived and I took it out of the box and watered it. It is twice as big and much healthier than one I got from another nursery in May. I look forward to seeing it grow and bloom.
January 1, 2013
You have been VERY kind. I appreciate a company that stands behind their product. I will continue to use you in the future and I will also recommend you to any one I know that is shopping for trees. I will be providing future business for my new home. Thank you again for your help and understanding.
January 1, 2013

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? Store
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
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
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
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, mildew resistance, size, zone
Kathryn L on Jun 14, 2018
I love Crape Myrtle and my new yard currently has no trees.
Janice B on May 23, 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
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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