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Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia ‘Enduring Summer’

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Growing Zones: 4-5 patio / 6-9 outdoors
(hardy down to 0℉)

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

Mature Height:

4-5 ft.

Mature Width:

4-5 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


6-10 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia ‘Enduring Summer’

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Months of blooms on a space saving shrub

The Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle is a compact flowering shrub that only grows to about 4 to 5 feet tall, so it can fit anywhere. This versatile crape myrtle also thrives in containers and can be kept on the porch, or patio to add a burst of hot color to the space. They’re popular for framing entryways and for lining steps.  

Enduring Summer Crape Myrtles may be small in size, but their color is huge. They have clusters of vibrant red blooms that last from the summer all the way into the fall for at least four months of breath taking flowers.

Put your pruners away, because this low maintenance crape myrtle variety naturally has a rounded shape. When planted in rows they will fill in on their own to create an even living hedge that’s perfect for border rows and even provides privacy without the need for constant trimming.  

The Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle earned its title for being nearly impossible to kill. With an extremely high drought tolerance and heat resistance it endures everything that hot and dry summers have to throw at it. 

Also, this crape myrtle is humidity tolerant and resists molds and mildews that harm other trees in humid conditions. The Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice for urban city areas because it’s smog and pollution tolerant. 

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Customer Reviews

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Nice Crape Myrtles
Nice size--already growing and blooming! Quality plant!
September 16, 2016
Morriston, FL
over 2 years ago
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Healthy, thriving plant!
This is the first season for our Enduring Summer Crepe Myrtle. We decided to plant it in a container on our deck and it obviously loves the sunshine and miniature Ruby petunias at it's base.
Healthy, thriving plant!
Healthy, thriving plant!
May 13, 2018
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
Doesn't Survive the Kansas City Winters
I bought 4 of these guys and planted them last September. It is May 7th now and there are no signs of life. I think these might do fine in southern Missouri, but don't waste your money if you live on the north side. By the way Kansas City is shown to be within the range, but right on the border.
May 7, 2018
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Two beautiful Crape myrtle bushes arrived quickly and with absolutely no damage! I am a repeat customer and plan to continue ordering from this company!
May 10, 2018
3 months ago
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Tall is over rated
Came in nice and tall but none of the tall branches seem to have made it. Have new growth but not happy with the look. Am afraid to cut tall branches, will give it one more summer.
May 19, 2018
4 months ago
Boom! Color explosion gave life to our landscape :)
We’re just tickled pink with these shrubs! We planted them in terrible rocky, clay soil (Western Utah) along the side of our corner lot where our neighbor passing by said laughing, “You know- this is where plants come to die.” Yet, here we are 3 months later and they’re hardy and exploding with color! We followed the planting instructions but also dug deeper than necessary to blend in a manure compost mixture we had leftover from planting evergreens. We set up a drip line to water every-other-day and they are all as happy as can be. The strip of land we planted the row of Enduring Summer Crape Myrtles in has various shade coverage & the shrubs planted in full sun bloomed first and have more flowers. We’re thrilled with the results. Definitely recommend adding these to your landscape!!
July 30, 2018
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Much more than I expected. Already at least three feet tall. Will bring it into an insulated garage in the winter months.
I purchase this enduring summer crepe myrtle thinking it would be this tiny little Bush type plant . It came fully potted in dirt with a very healthy root system it is gorgeous!! Love it!
June 23, 2018
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Love these plants!
I hate to admit, but when my 2 crape Myrtles arrived I did not immediately unpack them. Three days later I did. and then another 5 days I planted them. To my surprise and against drought and all odds, they look wonderful. Beautiful and healthy plants. I'll look again this company for my plants.
June 21, 2018
3 months ago
love my mytle!!!
my plant arrived in perfect condition!!! just unpacked it and put it in patio container and sat it where we get the most sun and I believe it likes it there! getting ready to bloom within the next week and it is loaded with buds!!! will probably order more in near future...great plant and so is the service and quality.
July 3, 2018
2 months ago
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New addition - we're hopeful!
As received, a healthy Crape Myrtle, ready to join the established families in our yard. We are looking forward to enjoying it's beauty.
June 7, 2018
3 months ago
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Planting & Care

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

Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle  Planting Diretions

The Enduring Summer Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘Enduring Summer’) is a small shrub reaching a mature height and width of 4-5 feet. Its small stature is perfect for potting and framing an entryway or creating a border in your garden. The scarlet red blooms last throughout the summer months and into the fall so you get several months of beautiful color. If you’re in USDA growing zones 6-9, plant this shrub in the ground or grow it in a container if you’re in colder zones 4-5. Either way, this shrub is low maintenance, extremely drought tolerant and resistant to heat and humidity.

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 Enduring Summer 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 it into 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 while establishing, 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 dormant state which can lead to the crape dying. Sterilize your cutting tools with rubbing alcohol to ensure no pathogens infect the crape 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 shape, remove all but 4-5 strong trunks and then remove the lateral branches around the bottom ½ of the crape. To encourage branching, make your cuts on the longer, leggy limbs. Try not to over prune too early, do your basic pruning then allow it 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 Enduring Summer 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 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
Love the pop of color and size.
Evie R on Aug 1, 2018
Wanted second one for the front yard.
Persis P on Jul 19, 2018
Love the pop of color and size.
Evie R on Aug 1, 2018
I like color of the flowers
Gilbert V on Jul 22, 2018
Wanted second one for the front yard.
Persis P on Jul 19, 2018
Just had an opening in the garden close to the front door that needed something. If it doesn't do the job I know where to go,to fix the problem. Hopefully it will still be there.
Mary Y on Jul 16, 2018
hoping it grows well in Indiana, where my sister lives
Connie M on Jun 3, 2018
would like to see how it turns out on patio for color and living region...if all goes well will order more !!! plus others have gave good reviews in past i'll do the same...
greg d on Jun 3, 2018
My husband and I have been looking for trees with red blooms.
Renee F on May 16, 2018
Bought two from you last year but one did not make the winter and I did not guarantee it.
Allen C on May 10, 2018
for size and beauty of this crape myrtle
marlayne i on May 9, 2018
Loved the bushes and trees at friends home in Florida and have been attempting to find a Zone 6 tolerant bush for several years.
Bob G on May 7, 2018
This color and size, dwarf crepe myrtle, blends in perfectly for the final touch to my proposed landscape project.
Ted K on May 7, 2018
I want to put these at my Lake House , the red will match the red roof and white house
KATHLEEN F on Apr 15, 2018
Everything that I have purchased through Fast Growing Trees have been worth it and are awesome. Finally a company that stands behind their product! Thank you
Sharon H on Apr 11, 2018
Because of its enduring blooms in a striking red color and because of the beauty of the bark when the shrub is barren.
Sandra S on Nov 13, 2017
Since this item falls with-in our zone 6, I just had to have them. We always see Crape Myrtle when going south and always wanted some.
Gary G on Oct 27, 2017
This was a gift for my daughter.....have not seen it yet....hope it lives up to its reputation as a healthy hardy bush.
Ellen M on Apr 21, 2017
They are very resilient and perfect for my area where high winds is an issue. Plus the flowers are beautiful.
William S on Apr 7, 2017
I choose this plant because the color of the flowers are so beautiful and I wanted a bush not a tree.
Litlmary H on Nov 10, 2016
They will be planted up against short fence that I view from my kitchen window. I live in Texas and this will be planted in full sun. I love crape myrtles and the more sun the more blooms.
Judy M on Nov 3, 2016
Color and size.
cynthia h on Oct 26, 2016
Have two others and wanted a third
Sandra K on Oct 21, 2016
Like appearance
Cheryl L on Oct 4, 2016
replacing overgrown trees in garden, love the red
Denise B on Oct 2, 2016
I wanted a plant that would bloom all summer and my summer crape Myrtle did .I got two and they look very nice in front of my bay window.
Lawrence K on Sep 30, 2016
Wanted small flowering trees for the center of both front lawns. Searched on the internet and decided this was the best and most reasonable deal. All of the information was a great help i.e. planting, zone, tree details.
Michael R on Aug 11, 2016
color and size
Janice M on Jul 13, 2016
I like color of the flowers
Gilbert V on Jul 22, 2018
Just had an opening in the garden close to the front door that needed something. If it doesn't do the job I know where to go,to fix the problem. Hopefully it will still be there.
Mary Y on Jul 16, 2018
Is this an evergreen bush...having leaves all year round?
Katina R on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is deciduous, so it will loose its leaves in the winter.
How wide will this shrub grow?
Lynn B on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It gets 4-5 foot wide and 4-5 foot tall.
What zone is Louisiana?
Brenda R on Dec 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How far apart should I plant these?
Paulette M on Jul 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 2-3 feet apart.
How do they do with the threat of deer munching on them?
Lisa J on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We purchased our tree and bush last year and we have not had a deer problem, so far. However we did cover them during the winter months which is the season they would be more likely looking for food.
How does this crape myrtle do in direct afternoon sun?
Michelle M on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello Michelle
I'm in Argyle TX and it's doing great im very happy lot of blooms
It gets direct sun from around 11:30 till 7:00
Hope this helps you good luck
Randy TX
Any thoughts on planting these between Royal Empress Trees?
Haven Farmer on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have my Enduring Summer planted in a mound with an oleander and another crape plus some coreopsis. It gets full sun. It is doing very well even after this hot summer. it was in bloom when I received it and after a month I gave it a light trim and now it is in full bloom. Hope that helps, good luck!!!
When does it bloom, what months?
Regina S on Aug 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hello My tree was planted last year march 7 2017 it was about 3ft tall and started blooming in two weeks This year it started blooming around May 5 2018 and is about 4 1/2ft and still has a lot of blooms on it im happy
Will Enduring Summer be alright near ocean inlet?
carol c on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are salt tolerant.

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