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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Catawba Crape Myrtle Planting Mix

Helps your Catawba Crape Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

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

Growing Zones 7-9
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Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.


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3-5 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

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Rich Purple Blooms Last and Last

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!

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Customer Reviews

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Easy hardy plant, color of flowers amazing.FABULOUS FOR CENTRAL F
January 1, 2013
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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!
June 28, 2015
balch springs , TX
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Catwaba Crape Myrtle
I would say it's growth rate is faster than slow, but slower than fast, however it has bloomed continuously since the first week I planted it and it's still in full bloom in Oct. It is very hardy as it has survived temps over one hundred all summer. It is a beautiful plant, I love it.
October 6, 2015
1 year ago
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Twlight Crepe Myrtle
I just purchased my Twlight Crepe Myrtle in April 2016 and it took off as far as growth. I'm very happy about this particular Crepe Myrtle because it is a deep purple color. My favorite Color is purple. I saw this Twlight Crepe Myrtle at a Resort Park and I watch it each season and what I admired about it was out of all the Crepe Myrtleso, it was last to lose its clusters. Way into the fall. Of course I live in Florida so our fall is not really fall. It still feels like summer.
April 21, 2016
Kissimmee, FL
1 year ago
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Progress on Crape Myrtle
I got it planted at a time when we were having a slow rain period so I had to water it myself every other day. It took a while but now its looking better but since we are heading into fall weather I don't know yet how it will do. The rains finally started coming so I am hoping it will grow a little faster. At least it doesn't look like it is dying but has lost a few leaves around the bottom, I hope that is from the cooler weather and dryness. We will see.
October 6, 2015
1 year ago
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Very good fast-growing tree
I bought several of these trees to help prevent slope erosion. I have only had them 6 weeks, but they are already sprouting new leaves. I look forward to their flowers later on this summer.
May 10, 2016
9 months ago
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Purple everywhere
Excellent hardy fast growing shrub. Lots of blooms from July until 1st frost. Note that it wants to grow as a shrub, if you want a tree you need to train it. Ice storm caused some damage last winter, but it came back strong !!
Labor day 2016
New growth 2016
Labor day 2016
September 10, 2016
Oklahoma City OK, OK
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This Catawba came in good shape and I received it in a short time. It was about 3 ft high and still had lots of leaves.
Thank you
October 6, 2015
1 year ago
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Healthy tree, waiting on growth
I was very pleased with the packaging and delivery of the crape myrtle trees. They seem to be thriving very well and have new growth on both trees. I am ready to see them bloom.
September 14, 2016
Hamer, SC
4 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Love the color.
Tina F on Oct 5, 2016
I chose it for the color.
sharon M on Sep 20, 2016
Love the color.
Tina F on Oct 5, 2016
the right size and color
Jamelle H on Sep 25, 2016
I chose it for the color.
sharon M on Sep 20, 2016
For the height it will be when it matures, and the deep purple color will compliment the Muskogee crapes I already have planted.
Brenda L on Sep 19, 2016
Pattie A on Sep 6, 2016
The Blossom is so beautiful and colorful. These trees are very attracted.
Joann C on Sep 5, 2016
I bought two tree from you last summer. The trees are beautiful and grew very bushes.
Eileen B on Aug 7, 2016
The color is exactly what I want to go with the orchid crape myrtles that I already have.
Joanne B H on Aug 1, 2016
privacy hedge
Lucia S on Jul 31, 2016
This color is very hard to find in our local nurseries! Hopefully it'll be what the reviews promise...
Dagmar S on Jul 15, 2016
Perfect for our area. Great color.
Steven A on Jun 11, 2016
beautiful rare color
kathy h on Apr 21, 2016
I always liked Crape Myrtle,
Larry M on Apr 18, 2016
I purchased this tree based on previous customer comments and the last blooms through spring and summer.
Rosalyn T on Apr 15, 2016
Love this deep purple shade and blooming season.
Debbie R on Apr 3, 2016
Liked the color and am planting near utility lines so height was important.
Martha M on Apr 2, 2016
color and manageable height
Johnetta W on Mar 29, 2016
For the rest off the colors to match
william w on Feb 24, 2016
The height and breadth of this species is suitable for smaller, modern cityscapes, water tolerant.and the crown jewel in the garden with beautiful purple flowers.
Robert S on Feb 21, 2016
Vibrant color, drought resistant, disease resistant.
Elizabeth W on Feb 14, 2016
I purchased this Catawba Crape Myrtle to accent my back yard facing the Retention Pond as the perfect view from my Lanai.
Loretta M on Jan 29, 2016
like the smal height and hope the color is true purple.
martha_sadie on Jan 14, 2016
the right size and color
Jamelle H on Sep 25, 2016
For the height it will be when it matures, and the deep purple color will compliment the Muskogee crapes I already have planted.
Brenda L on Sep 19, 2016
can you start a crepe myrtle with one of its branches?
leona g on Jan 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't know, but if I were going to root it, I would pick my branch when the tree first leafs out in spring, put it into water with a vitamin b compound and keep it in the light the parent plant was in. Be sure to change the water every couple days. Do Not put it in soil until you have a healthy root system, then be sure to keep it heavily watered until it can get used to not being in the root material.
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.
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.
i want the big leaf catawba tree that has the catawba worms?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I think you are thinking of the Royal Empress, Paulonia ,(check the spelling) tree. That has huge leaves and plenty of caterpillars. It is also very invasive.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What temperature extremes can it with stand? Heat & cold
Marji Y on Jul 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm in southern Nevada where the summers are in the 100's and all varieties of Crape Myrtles do fantastic. They bloom from spring into late fall. Our winter temps sometimes get into the 30's but winters here are generally not severe. I've never known any crapes to die in the winter. The Catawaba is my earliest blooming crape and blooms into November. Hope this helps you.
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.
now is November already. it's till ok to plant down ???
hai h on Oct 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you're asking if it's okay to plant the Catawaba crape myrtle in November, I guess it depends on how cold it is where you live. Where I live it's still October and in the 90's so I am still doing some planting.
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.
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
I bought 4 Catawba Crape Myrtle when shopping for a deep deep purple blossom.
They ended up being a medium dark purple with yellow in the middle of the blooms. I am letting them grow into trees. You can keep it a shrub by cutting it back and letting the bottom grow out.
I'm in Houston, Tx. They took a year to really get growing. I hope this helps.
I prefer one center tree-like 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.
Just planted my Catawba Crape Myrtle yesterday. Should I trim off the old seed-like panicles?
Cindy S on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I read you can trim off the old seeds so that it can produce more flowers (Crape) during the summer months. I trimed off my Pink Velour but I didn't trim my Catawba and it still produced more flowers (Crape).
I have a Catawba Crape Myrle. I planted it in July at 8-10' high on long Island NY. The flowers started blooming in early August and the tree looks healthy but I am concerned since some of the leaves turn a sort of yellow and fall off the tree. It is now August 13

Is this something to be concerned about or is the yellowing and dropping of the leaves normal ?
Ron K on Aug 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I also have one of those. Mine though is a baby and just starting to bloom also in August. It seems normal for this guy to have all sorts of leaf issues. Yellowing and falling leaves are usually due to lack of fertilizer. Now I'm going to make all the makers of fertilizer really mad because the stuff I use is ordinary grass fertilizer the more nitrogen in it the better. I find it's easier to use and safer than most others. The trick is to measure the tree trunk's diameter and add one that's one POUND for each inch. It seems like a lot, but try it, be sure to water in in well and wait. Our tree, it is not High Summer here in California, is doing fine. Thanks for the question.
Does he Catawba tree come in deep red or white?
Margaret H on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Catawba Crape Myrtle only comes in purple. If you are interested in white you could check out our Natchez Crape Myrtle. For red I would look at the Red Rocket or Dynamite Crape Myrtle.
what's different between Twilight Crape Myrtle and catawba crape myrtle?
Awala on Sep 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Catawba Crape Myrtle is a smaller and darker purple crape.
How much growth can be expected each year?
Val H on Sep 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They will grow around 18-24 inches per year.
will a Catawba Crape Myrtle’s grow successfully in large containers Zone 7 ??
Peni J on Jul 11, 2015
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

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