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Bright Red Blooms up to 6 months a year
* Created to provide bright red blossoms
* Grows 3-5 ft. per year!
* Adaptable to various soil types
Intense red flowers will attract everyone's attention. Bright, feathery blooms last from spring to fall.
The Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle - bred at the National Arboretum by some of America's best horticulturists - was created especially to give you bright red blooms.
Remarkably, horticulturists around the country generally agree that the new Arapahoe is the most disease resistant crape myrtle available, making it an excellent selection that requires no messy spraying - just months of candy red blooms to delight and amaze.
Perfect in Any Setting
As a barrier or tree hedge, Arapahos are one of the faster growing red Crape Myrtles...shooting up to 3-5 ft. per year.
Easily adaptable to any landscape - including yours - these trees offer spectacular color in any soil. Thrives in Growing Zones 7-9.
Be sure to plant your Arapaho Crape Myrtle in full sun. If they get too much shade, the bright red color may fade.
Because your trees are young, they may arrive with deep pink or fuchsia blooms. If this happens, don't worry. Your Arapahos will display bright red blooms the next summer.
Planting & Care
The Arapaho Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho') is a beautiful summer blooming tree designated for USDA growing zones 7-9. This full sun lover reaches a mature height of 15-25 feet tall, 10-20 feet wide and can take temperature drops as low as 10 degrees fahrenheit once established. The Arapaho is a disease/drought resistant crape but may need a little more water during times of excessive heat or drought. The summer season will deliver an explosion of bright red blooms throughout the canopy that you can enjoy all the way into the beginning of Autumn. Arapaho crapes are fairly quick growers pushing out about three feet per 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 Arapaho 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 Arapaho 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.
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. 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.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $129||$19.95|
|$129 +||FREE SHIPPING!|
|Mature Height:||15-25 ft.|
|Mature Width:||10-20 ft.|
|Botanical Name:||Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho'|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ,OR|
|Grows Well In Zones:||7-9 outdoors|
|Your Growing Zone:||#|
Growing Zones: 7-9 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉)
Customer Reviews & Photos
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Wanting/waiting to see.
I bought this tree in 9/2022. Review as is 10/31/2022. It took a couple of days longer to arrive at my house than was initially expressed. Not the fault of FGT. USPS is more focused and n delivering Amazon packages now than ever before so, ‘regular’ mail is negatively affected. Still in pot, waiting for leaves on my other trees/plantings to fall off for dormancy to lessen the transplanting shock. Tree arrived barely wet and broken n a couple of places. Leaves subsequently proceeded to fall off even though I watered daily after arrival and immediate unpacking. Temps during shipping and about a week after arrival of tree were hot, extremely dry for my area of Texas and we are in a major (not severe) drought. I’m assuming the leaves falling off are due to shipping/temp shock. Have ordered other plantings from FGT in the past with relatively good success. I’ve never had this type of Crape Myrtle before. So, I’m in a wait-and-see mode. I suggest giving plantings time to recover from shipping and to get used to your area/yard conditions before planting. Your mileage may vary but that is a good rule of thumb. Also suggest planting before OR after high temps. Plant tress/bushes, etc. coming out of dormancy or soon after dormancy of your surrounding plantings helps recover/reduce transplant shock. I also suggest, in areas with a lot of clay, digging the hole 3 times as big as rootball and twice as deep to give roots time to grow/strengthen before having to ********* the dense clay soil. Also, plant with bagged trees fertilizer/soil to allow for breathing, good water dissipation due to clay being dense and holding on to water moreso than bagged soil and nutrients needed to help newly transplanted plantings to recover and the subsequent new growth. Under these conditions (during growth cycle) the plantings should have relatively fast new growth, strengthening the plantings and their roots to assist in the *********** of heavy clay soils. Also, once you’ve dug your hole(s), fill with water to observe the drainage. This can give a decent idea as to how long water stays in the hole/soil after watering in the future. Once plantings are established (1or2 growing seasons) you can cut back on watering for an additional growing season, then let mother nature water for you. Remember, Crape Myrtles usually flower best in moist/damp (not ‘wet’) soil during bloom times. If planting soon after dormancy, be sure to cover plantings when freezes come the first year to help newly transplanted plantings survive the cold. ALWAYS remove covering during sun and no ice to prevent mold forming on branches and leaves. That mold could potentially **** new plantings. Kind of a hassle, but enduring that will ensure you’ll have many years of enjoying the investment(s).
Thank you for the review! Stress will most definitely cause some leaves to drop off but you may get some new growth this season if your temperatures are still warm!
Husband was Impressed
We had bought a few online plants from another company when we lived at another home and had to baby the poor things along once they arrived. Not these Crepe Myrtles, they arrived with nice looking leaves, buds and a good root system. We only planted them last week, mid-September in the Pacific Northwest, but they still look healthy, and we expect that they will be able get a good foothold before winter gets here.
My Arapaho Crape Myrtle is Still ALIVE!
The experience was wonderful. No hassle shopping with details about each plant/tree to include how to take care of them. I don't have a green thumb but my Arapaho Crape Myrtle is STILL ALIVE! I can't wait for it to bloom!
This item is growing pretty good.
I am so excited about my tree. When it arrived i couldn't wait to plant it. It was fast shipping and the tree arrived in perfect condition. Fast growing trees is an excellent company to do business with. They have a very large inventory of trees. The bad thing is that there inventory of trees move really fast. If you find a tree that you like you best to buy it cause it won't be available when you come back to purchase it. The tree is beautiful and I can't wait to see it bloom with the red flowers. I am the only one in the neighbor with a red crape myrtle tree. I wanted to be different.