Growing Zones: 7-10 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 20-30 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 20 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez'
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110 Days of Blooms
Imagine - an incredible 110 continuous days of flower power! The Natchez will delight you with hundreds of delicate, cooling white flowers from June to September.
The Natchez Crape Myrtle is a best seller, made so popular by being a fast growing tree that blooms all summer long.
With this lovely tree in your yard you will soon join the thousands who swear by its value as an ornamental tree.
The Natchez Crape grows very rapidly at 3-5 feet a year and is tolerant of many climates. The pure white blooms will explode in brilliance against the tree's deep green leafy canopy.
A Natchez Crape Myrtle also gives you the unusual bark coloring of cinnamon on the trunk and stems, along with its smooth, sleek distinctive texture. This coloring gives you great winter interest with a brightness not found in most other trees during the cold season.
When you order from Fast Growing Trees, you can be confident that you will receive a crape myrtle with a well-developed root structure able to support rapid growth.
Natchez is successfully grown in zones 7-10 - an exceptionally wide temperature range for crape myrtles.
Between the long bloom period and the fact that it is much more tolerant of extreme heat and cold than its cousins, the Natchez Crape Myrtle is an ideal candidate for specimen tree placement in landscapes over a huge part of the US.
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Arrived in Great Condition and Are Growing Fast!
We ordered 2 Natchez Crape Myrtles (6-7 ft.). Within one month, they have already grown at least another foot and are starting to fill out. They arrived in great shape and never showed any signs of going into shock. Another rating suggested placing the new plants (this applies to anything that you buy from FGT) in a cool, shaded place and water them well for 24 hours prior to planting. We did this with the crape myrtles and also the 10 pyracanthas we purchased from FGT, and ALL are doing extremely well! We also purchased the Root Rocket root stimulator for all plants and we're sure that this product has greatly helped. We're already planning our next purchase from FGT!
Happy with the tree. Delivery
Happy with the tree. Delivery on time
Crape Myrtle Tree
My tree has taken root and seems to be growing nicely.
Saved them in time I think.
I ordered a Tuscarora and a Natchez tree. They arrived on time but they were in sad spindly shape which is what I expected. The flyer that was in the box said dry leaves were normal. They arrived during a weekday so they had to wait until Saturday to be planted. But the Natchez was super rootbound. So much so that when I watered it the water just passed on through. The pot could not hold water. So I had to do an emergency potting of the Natchez just so it would not die before Saturday. By Saturday we planted both trees. They are hanging in there. They've lost 98% of their leaves but the leaves still hanging on are crisp and not limp like they used to be. It is also October and the stress they've gone through during shipping didn't help. I think they'll start sprouting in the spring.Would I buy them again? I don't know yet. If they survive and leaf out next spring then my answer will be yes. I'll have to post an update 6 months from now.
Planted these 2 years ago and they are growing great and put off some pretty blooms all summer. Very happy with our purchase!
Planting & Care
The Natchez crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez') is a deciduous tree commonly grown in the south and recommended for zones 7-10. It grows fairly large, reaching a mature height of 20-30 feet and a width of 20 feet. The smooth cinnamon colored bark peels during the summer revealing a light brown bark underneath. During the summer months and into fall, the beautiful clusters of white blooms adorn this tree, but the show doesn’t stop here. Watch the deep green leaves turn into brilliant colors of reds and oranges in the fall. The Natchez crape myrtle is virtually maintenance free, drought tolerant and pest and disease resistant. Plant several in a row to line your driveway or plant one by itself to add a pop of white to your garden.
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 Natchez is very adaptable to many soil types so just be sure that the area you’re looking to plant has adequate drainage when watering.
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: While establishing, 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 watering, 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 Natchez 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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