Growing Zones: 7-9 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-12 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'
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Rich Purple Blooms, Spring to Fall
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, its autumn foliage shines. The Catawba Crape Myrtle's leaves yield eye-catching shades of reddish-bronze, orange and yellow.
This vivacious presentation will add endless splashes of color to your fall garden, and since this coveted cultivar reaches heights of 10 to 15 feet at maturity, it attracts attention.
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.
Catawba 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.
Furthermore, it provides sweet shade and succulent scenery during the hot summer months. Blooming best in full fun (but also tolerating some shade), the Catawba is a year-round star. Its drought tolerance plus deer and disease resistance combined with its ability to grow in most soil types make this tree a gardener's top pick.
And since we've nurtured this plant to perfection, 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
The Catawba crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Catawba’) is a lovely, compact crape myrtle that is perfect for any full sun landscape. Growing at 1-2 feet per year, this crape only reaches an overall height of 15 feet tall and 8-12 feet wide. Best suited for USDA growing zones 7-9, this warm, decorative tree is only cold tolerant down to 10 degrees, but can tolerate heat and humidity of the south very well. Bursting with loads of purple flowers beginning in the late spring, this long lasting crape will bloom for several months once it starts.
Choosing a location: Crapes are FULL SUN lovers so try and find a spot where they will get as much as possible. Without the proper exposure your blooming will be substantially reduced or the tree may not bloom at all. The Catawba 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, you may need to water more frequently, 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 Catawba 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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