Natchez Crape Myrtle – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 27, 2015

Richard Bogren, Owings, Allen D.  |  7/25/2015 1:18:24 AM

Natchez Crape Myrtle

The premier crape myrtle in Louisiana historically has been Natchez.

This tall-growing variety was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Arboretum in the late 1970s and has become the industry standard.

Plants reach 35-40 feet tall at maturity and are among the first crape myrtles to flower in May. Flowers last through the summer. The chocolate-colored exfoliating bark is another great landscape feature of this plant.

Crape myrtles do best in well-drained soil and need eight hours of direct sun daily to bloom well.

Allen Owings
Rick Bogren

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