Growing Zones: 7-9 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉)
This plant may not thrive in your area
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-12 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'
- Does Not Ship To:
Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)
Rich Purple Blooms, Spring to Fall
Why Catawba Crape Myrtle Trees?
Brilliant purple blooms take center stage on the Catawba Crape Myrtle, making this flowering variety a fresh favorite. Dark purple flowers take hold from spring through fall every year, with rich clusters of blossoms that sit upright on the branches.
Because of the blooms' density, branches may even bend from their weight, which gives the tree a gorgeous cascading appearance. The incredible purple hue of each petal perfectly contrasts against the limbs and emerald green leaves.
That's not all, either: fall appeal is the name of the game with Catawba. As fall begins and Catawba's vibrant blossom display is coming to a close, gleaming autumn foliage takes hold. The Catawba Crape Myrtle's leaves yield eye-catching shades of reddish-bronze, orange and yellow.
Best of all, the Catawba Crape Myrtle is versatile and easy to grow. You can trim and train this Crape into countless designs to fit your garden. Catawbas can be trained to grow in more of a bushy, vase-like shape that shows off its natural form and multi-branching habit, or it can be trained to grow in a single, more tree-like state with very little effort. Planted in groups or posing alone, it's destined to be the centerpiece of your landscape.
Why Fast-Growing-Trees.com is Better
You won’t find a healthier Catawba Crape Myrtle. Because we’ve planted, grown and shipped your Crape with meticulous care, you get a hassle-free tree that’s ready to thrive in your landscape and burst with color quickly.
In fact, when you buy our larger sizes, you can get explosive color as soon as the first season in your garden.
Unlike big-box retailers, we never ship bare-root...which means you can enjoy the full blooms of the Catawba for years to come, rather than just a few months.
We've nurtured this plant to perfection, so it will be ready to light up your landscape as soon as you plant it. Ethereal elegance is just a click away - order yours today!
Customer Reviews & Photos
So far, so good
Tree arrived in good time. It was in good condition. However, it was planted (according to the directions) in the middle of Fall. So, it will need to wait until spring before I can give a total thumbs up review.
Arrived in good condition- Planted in the Fall
My wife wanted this particular species of tree and there were no convenient local sources. The price and shipping cost was reasonable. Arrived in a long box and the plastic "planter" was wrapped in a plastic bag. That bag kept loose dirt from getting everywhere. We planted it the same day while the soil was still warm (in Georgia). We really won't know if it will survive until we see some growth in the spring and summer of 2020.
Arrived 1 ft Taller!
Excellent packaging. Tree was larger than expected at transplant. In zone 9, it is now sprouting leaves and its late October!
Beautiful trees, even as small as mine are!
I purchased and planted two 12"-18" trees a few months ago and right afterwards it appeared as though they were dyeing. I decided to prune them as it was still technically Spring, and have been watering them in the early morning hours, pretty much on a daily basis. They came back after losing most of their leaves and were quite sickly looking. Now they are blooming and the purple blossoms are abundant and so very pleasing to the eye. This is a great price for a tree I wish I had room for more of them! Love!!
I love it. Ordered it 2 months ago,didn’t grow much but now it’s blooming.
Planting & Care
1. Planting: Crapes are full sun lovers, so try and find a spot where they will get as much as possible. Other than that, the Catawba prefers well-drained soil.
Dig your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Lightly comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots a bit before planting. 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. Mulch the area around the tree to conserve water moisture and deter competing weeds.
2. Watering: Myrtles are drought tolerant but may need a bit more attention with watering during the hot summer season. Depending on your soil, you may need to water more frequently. If you're not sure when to water, however, simply check your surrounding soil about 3 inches down.
3. Fertilizing: Your Catawba Crape will greatly benefit from a light application of a complete, balanced, slow-release fertilizer formula in the early spring and summer seasons.
4. Pruning: Remove all but 4 to 5 strong trunks and then remove the lateral branches around the bottom half of the tree. To encourage branching, make your cuts on the longer, leggy limbs.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
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.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3 - 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of May 4th|
|Zone 5||Week of April 13th|
|Zone 6||Week of March 30th|
|Zones 7 - 11||Ships Now!|