Growing Zones: 6-10 outdoors(hardy down to 0℉) 6-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 13-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-12 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Lagerstroemia x 'Sioux'
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Vibrant Pink Blooms From Summer to Fall
With cold hardy Sioux Crape Myrtles your landscape will never have to be without color, especially in the summer when their dark pink flowers enter a continuous blooming cycle that lasts into the fall.
By being cold tolerant to growing zone 6 and with the ability to thrive under heavy layers of ice and snow, the Sioux Crape Myrtle brings its pink blooms farther north than other crape myrtle varieties.
You will be able to enjoy fragrant pink blooms for months. The flowers bloom in large clusters and have an attractive color that your family and neighbors will enjoy.
Sioux Crape Myrtles have very dark green leaves that create a radiant show of contrasting colors. Then in the fall the leaves turn unique shades of purple and red. They glow in the landscape with vivid hues that the members of your neighborhood have most likely never seen before.
Everything about the Sioux Crape Myrtle is colorful, even the bark. The older brown bark peels away to reveal bright beige bark underneath. The older and younger barks intertwine on the trunk together to create a marbled look.
Sioux Crape Myrtles aren’t too big, or too small. They’re just right, by only reaching heights of 13 to 20 feet. They will fit perfectly in your landscape even if your space is limited, even under utility lines.
Their narrow vase shaped growth habit combined with their multiple trunks gives them an ornamental appeal as an accent tree or the focal point in the landscape. If planted in rows their dense foliage will fit in to create a living privacy screen, perfect from blocking your neighbor’s view of your home.
Sioux Crape Myrtles are one of the toughest varieties available. Along with the ability to survive freezing temperatures they are also drought and heat tolerant. They also have a high level of resistance against pests and diseases.
Not even poor soil can stop the Sioux Crape Myrtle from flourishing with tons of color and over 100 days of blooms.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Loaded with blooms - year and a half planted
Actually I wanted to post a pic - I ordered fall of 2017 and the tree has been in since Nov 2017. Thought it was called an arapahoe crepe when i bought it. But it has grown a LOT and is loaded with blooms just came out in time for 4th of July. Live in zone 9 north central fL. Terrific!!
Looking forward to it growing!
Cute tree, came packaged perfectly and I planted it the next day. It seems a bit stressed (dropping leaves), but I think it’ll pull through our variety of weather conditions. So far, very happy with my purchase. Looking forward to watching it grow.
Sioux Crape Myrtle
Prompt delivery. Quality product. Nice fresh green leaves beginning to grow. Can’t wait for flowers !
Took a bit of time but leaves growing well now
Came looking sickly but after planting & watering and a couple weeks of care the myrtle started to thrive. In western Maryland.
Love this tree
Love this tree! It has been a great addition to our yard. It arrived looking great as well!
Planting & Care
Sioux crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia x Sioux) are a flowering ornamental that can tolerate a wide range of soil types and climates. These crape myrtles can tolerate more cold temperatures than other types of crapes, bringing longer periods of summer blooms further north from zones 6-10. With a beautiful array of dark pink blooms, this tree will be a welcome addition to any environment.
Sioux crapes are great for small spaces like parking lots and small lawns. They’re a medium sized tree that reaches 15-20 feet tall, 10-15 feet wide and can be trained into a single trunk tree or a multi-trunked tree. Once established, these trees are fast growers, growing as much as 3-4 feet a year.
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 Sioux Crape Myrtle 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: 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 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 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 Tuscarora Crape will greatly benefit from an annual feeding of a high nitrogen fertilizer such as a 20-10-10 slow release formula in the early spring season. If you care to fertilize twice, feed the tree again roughly two months later. 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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