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.
Customer Reviews & Photos
large, healthy tree.
Natchez Crepe Myrtle Trees
Overall experience was OK. Salesperson on telephone was very knowledgeable and product arrived on time as scheduled. The six trees were in good but not great condition. All were planted the next day and should be fine. We bought six and three are definitely doing better than the other three.
Planted three of these back in March and planted two more about a month ago. All are doing well so far. Three have already bloomed this year. I have made four purchases from this company in the past two years. So far very pleased.
One Year Update
It's been almost a year since I purchased two crape myrtle trees. Both the Tuscarora (3-4 ft) and the Natchez (4-5 ft) are doing well. The Natchez is thriving, actually. Only about 9 months planted and it is producing beautiful little white blooms. It truly is a fast grower as I've already had to trim little sprigs at the base and lightly shape it to get it to grow in a certain direction for future shade. "Tusca" is doing well but her focus right now is growing rather than blooming. No sign of salmon-colored blooms from her yet. I do have to pay more attention to her watering as it tends to dry out where she's planted. When she gets bigger I don't think that'll be a problem. Crape myrtles are beautiful trees and slightly addictive. I wish I had room for more. After almost a year, I can confidently recommend FGTs to provide you with lovely specimens. I recommend the rocket mix and the organic planter mix.
The Crape Myrtle was delivered within 3 days. It came to me very healthy. It has clearly already taken root and is growing new foliage and has grown almost 12”.
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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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
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