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Catawba Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'


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-t- Root Rocket™ 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
-t- Planting Mix
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.

Coarse 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- 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.

-t- 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.

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

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

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.


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Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

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Rich Purple Blooms, Spring to Fall

Brilliant purple blooms take center stage on the Catawba Crape Myrtle, making this flowering variety a fresh favorite. Dark purple flowers take hold from spring through fall every year, with rich clusters of blossoms that sit upright on the branches. Because of the blooms' density, branches may even bend from their weight, which gives the tree a gorgeous cascading appearance. The incredible purple hue of each petal perfectly contrasts against the limbs and emerald green leaves.

That's not all, either: fall appeal is the name of the game with Catawba. As fall begins and Catawba's vibrant blossom display is coming to a close, its autumn foliage shines. The Catawba Crape Myrtle's leaves yield eye-catching shades of reddish-bronze, orange and yellow.

This vivacious presentation will add endless splashes of color to your fall garden, and since this coveted cultivar reaches heights of 10 to 15 feet at maturity, it attracts attention.

Best of all, the Catawba Crape Myrtle is versatile and easy to grow. You can trim and train this Crape into countless designs to fit your garden.

Catawba can be trained to grow in more of a bushy, vase-like shape that shows off 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. Planted in groups or posing alone, it's destined to be the centerpiece of your landscape.

Furthermore, it provides sweet shade and succulent scenery during the hot summer months. Blooming best in full fun (but also tolerating some shade), the Catawba is a year-round star. Its drought tolerance plus deer and disease resistance combined with its ability to grow in most soil types make this tree a gardener's top pick.

And since we've nurtured this plant to perfection, it will be ready to light up your landscape as soon as you plant it. Ethereal elegance is just a click away - order yours today!

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Customer Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
16 Reviews
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Beautiful looking from the mail
This arrived with my other crape myrtles in the mail in great condition. They have been planted and I'm excited to see how they thrive next spring. So excited!!
November 4, 2018
2 months ago
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Although the trees are extremely small, about 1 1/2 feet they look healthy. My husband called them Charlie Brown trees. Now that they are in the ground they are growing and look mush healthier..can’t wait to see what they look like next year. Packaging was also very good.
October 21, 2018
2 months ago
Catawba Crape Myrtle
Planted this to supplement two other crape myrtles I had purchased a few years ago. Needed a third as one of the hurricanes damaged landscaping. It is doing great, and have kept it shaded for the first couple of weeks due to intense Florida sun/heat. So far so good, and would recommend this service!
September 25, 2018
3 months ago
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Ordered the 2-3 foot tree, so it’s not blooming yet. Blooming time is over. However, the tree is showing new growth and I expect a ton of blooms next year.
September 24, 2018
3 months ago
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This tiny plant has a long way to go but is loving the sunshine and I will enjoy watching it grow. Can't wait to see some blooms. Healthy looking plant and lovely leaf color.
September 1, 2018
4 months ago
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Stunning summertime hedge
Purchased these 3 years ago and they are amazingly fast growing as you can see. People walking by stop and look all the time. Stunning. 4 stars because they are susceptible to powdery mildew. I treat them a few times a year with horticultural oil. These are trimmed each spring before they start to bud. South Shore Long Island, NY Zone 7B
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August 2, 2018
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Very pleased, more than I expected
I was excited when my two Crape Myrtles arrived. I was impressed to see how much they had already grown. Even more impressed with their blooms.
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June 13, 2018
8 months 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
over 2 years 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
Growing Zone:
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
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

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

Catawba Crape Myrtle Planting Diretions

The Catawba crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Catawba’) is a lovely, compact crape myrtle that is perfect for any full sun landscape. Growing at 1-2 feet per year, this crape only reaches an overall height of 15 feet tall and 8-12 feet wide. Best suited for USDA growing zones 7-9, this warm, decorative tree is only cold tolerant down to 10 degrees, but can tolerate heat and humidity of the south very well. Bursting with loads of purple flowers beginning in the late spring, this long lasting crape will bloom for several months once it starts.

Choosing a location: Crapes are FULL SUN lovers so try and find a spot where they will get as much as possible. Without the proper exposure your blooming will be substantially reduced or the tree may not bloom at all. The Catawba 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, you may need to water more frequently, 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 Catawba Crape will greatly benefit from a light application of a complete, balanced, slow release fertilizer formula in the early spring and summer seasons. 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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Native and grows in my zone.
Donna L on Dec 7, 2018
I want purple 8n my front yard. I already planted lavender but I think these biushes are just beautiful and will make my yard even prettier.
Portland W on Sep 30, 2018
Native and grows in my zone.
Donna L on Dec 7, 2018
Lenora G on Oct 25, 2018
I want purple 8n my front yard. I already planted lavender but I think these biushes are just beautiful and will make my yard even prettier.
Portland W on Sep 30, 2018
My wife’s favorite color is purple and her favorite tree is Crepe so I ordered it. Plus I like the Crepe Myrtles myself as well.
Dustin G on Sep 28, 2018
Chose this based on color and height seems suitable for my garden.
Tipawan B on Sep 23, 2018
I am looking for a smaller size specimen and nearly every crape myrtle around here is pink. I love the purple and love to different.
Lydia B on Sep 21, 2018
shan t on Jul 3, 2018
My mother's favorite. A way to remember her.
Jay W on Apr 14, 2018
Love the color. Besides, it's a Crape Myrtle. What's not to love.
Andrew S on Mar 18, 2018
Looking for a small flowering tree for our garden outside our dining room window that includes a white hibiscus, red roses and day lilies - the color combination should be stunning!
Christine C S on Mar 7, 2018
It is hardy to Central Florida area.
Michele S on Feb 26, 2018
I would like to create a place of peace and comfort in my back yard, with color and aroma.
Verlene B on Feb 19, 2018
To add color to yard
Tracy V on Feb 3, 2018
These are indeed lovely trees.
Navnit B on Dec 14, 2017
Fall Foliage and length of bloom
Mary M on Dec 1, 2017
See note above.
Donald S on Nov 23, 2017
color,beauty and extended bloom life.
Cliff E. M on Nov 10, 2017
Appearance & height are ideal for small front-yard.
Paul K on Nov 9, 2017
I chose to add a few of these to create a pop of deeper purple planted with the Muskogee's I also ordered. These are smaller trees and I think will offer some interest planted with the Muskogee's.
Jerry M on Nov 9, 2017
i love color and grace
brenda z on Nov 9, 2017
Adelaide B on Mar 7, 2017
because i like purle ,i hope i will like this first time i buy crape myrle.
karen p on Feb 10, 2017
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
Lenora G on Oct 25, 2018
My wife’s favorite color is purple and her favorite tree is Crepe so I ordered it. Plus I like the Crepe Myrtles myself as well.
Dustin G on Sep 28, 2018
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Is this a shrub or tree?
Ashley B on Jul 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think it depends on the way you train/trim/prune it. Mine is more like a tree with several trunks. But I've pruned the lower branches so it now has 3 major trunks with the majority of the branches starting several feet off the ground. If I had wanted a shrub, it could easily have been one. Hope this helps
Will this tree work in South Florida?
Edd H on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
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).
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.
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.
I know it says zones 7-9 but I am in zone 6b and my various types of myrtles do really well...has anyone had success in zone 6 a or b?
Donna S on Jul 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I live in Southern California and my crape myrtle does very well.
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.

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