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When looking for a White Crape Myrtle for sale the first thing you should do is check that the conditions in your garden and locale are suitable for it to grow before spending money. A White Crape Myrtle is fairly hardy and well-adapted but will still need the right conditions to get the most out of it. Most importantly Crepe Myrtles struggle with cold temperature and for this reason are normally are only grown in the Southern U.S. This plant favours acidic soil, when checking your pH look for anywhere between 5.1 and 6.5. If you want to lower your soil pH to achieve this you could try adding aluminium sulphate or sulphur. If you need to raise the pH to get your soil to this range you might want to add ground agricultural limestone. Regardless of which way you are changing your soil be careful to follow the instructions and not to over-apply anything to the soil, if you get anything on to a plant itself make sure to wash it off. After following these instructions you should be ready to start looking for a White Crape Myrtle for sale.

Now you’re looking for a White Crape Myrtle for sale you’ll want to consider what size to buy. Small plants in pots can be bought from as low as $5 and because of their quick growing speed can reach 5 foot within a year.

Although larger plants require a bigger investment they have the advantage of already being grown and having been clipped into a pleasing shape already. This means that all you need to do is maintain this shape with yearly pruning and occasional clipping.

Examine all plants before buying and check the leaves particularly for signs of disease or poor health. Any spots on the leaves may be a sign of a fungal infection which will not only damage this plant but may spread to other plants in your garden.

Taking the extra time to find the right White Crape Myrtle for sale will net you benefits in the long run with a good-looking and healthy tree.

‘Natchez’ Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia x ‘Natchez’) Fact Sheet

The information provided below has been reproduced from the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture database.

Introduction

A long period of striking summer flower color, attractive fall foliage, superior bark exfoliation, good disease and insect resistance and good drought tolerance all combine to make this Crape-Myrtle a favorite small tree for either formal or informal landscapes. It is highly recommended for planting in urban and suburban areas.

General Information

Scientific name: Lagerstroemia x ‘Natchez’
Pronunciation: lay-ger-STREE-mee-uh
Common name(s): ‘Natchez’ Crapemyrtle
Family: Lythraceae
USDA hardiness zones: 7 through 10A
Origin: not native to North America
Uses: container or above-ground planter; large parking lot islands (> 200 square feet in size); wide tree lawns (>6 feet wide); medium-sized parking lot islands (100-200 square feet in size); medium-sized tree lawns (4-6 feet wide); recommended for buffer strips around parking lots or for median strip plantings in the highway; near a deck or patio; trainable as a standard; shade tree; small parking lot islands (< 100 square feet in size); narrow tree lawns (3-4 feet wide); specimen; residential street tree; tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common
Availability: generally available in many areas within its hardiness range

Description

Height: 25 to 30 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Crown uniformity: symmetrical canopy with a regular (or smooth) outline, and individuals have more or less identical crown forms
Crown shape: vase shape
Crown density: moderate
Growth rate: medium
Texture: medium

Foliage

Leaf arrangement: opposite/subopposite
Leaf type: simple
Leaf margin: entire
Leaf shape: elliptic (oval); oblong; obovate
Leaf venation: pinnate
Leaf type and persistence: deciduous
Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches; less than 2 inches
Leaf color: green
Fall color: orange; red
Fall characteristic: showy

Flower

Flower color: white
Flower characteristics: spring flowering; summer flowering; very showy

Fruit

Fruit shape: oval; round
Fruit length: < .5 inch
Fruit covering: dry or hard
Fruit color: brown
Fruit characteristics: does not attract wildlife; no significant litter problem; persistent on the tree; showy

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: bark is thin and easily damaged from mechanical impact; droop as the tree grows, and will require pruning for vehicular or
pedestrian clearance beneath the canopy; routinely grown with, or trainable to be grown with, multiple trunks; tree wants to grow with several trunks but can be trained to grow with a single trunk; very showy trunk; no thorns
Pruning requirement: needs little pruning to develop a strong structure
Breakage: resistant
Current year twig color: brown; green
Current year twig thickness: thin

Culture

Light requirement: tree grows in full sun
Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; acidic; alkaline; well-drained
Drought tolerance: high
Aerosol salt tolerance: moderate

Other

Roots: surface roots are usually not a problem
Winter interest: tree has winter interest due to unusual form, nice persistent fruits, showy winter trunk, or winter flowers
Outstanding tree: tree has outstanding ornamental features and could be planted more
Invasive potential: little, if any, potential at this time
Verticillium wilt susceptibility: not known to be susceptible
Pest resistance: no pests are normally seen on the tree

Use & Management

The 6- to 12-inch-long clustered white blooms appear on the tips of branches during late spring and summer in USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10 and summer in other areas. The individual flowers are ruffled and crinkly as to appear made of crepe paper.

The smooth, cinnamon-brown to orange, peeling bark and multi-branched, open habit of Crape-Myrtle make it ideal for specimen planting where its bright red-orange to yellow-colored fall leaves add further interest.

The tree form is upright-spreading, or vaseshaped, the branches spreading out as they ascend. The tree grows to 30 feet tall with an upright, vaseshaped crown making this well suited for street tree planting.

Lower branches droop and will need to be removed as the tree grows taller. Pruning should be done in late winter or early in the spring before growth begins because it is easier to see which branches to prune. New growth can be pinched during the growing season to increase branchiness and flower number.

Pruning methods vary from topping to cutting Crape-Myrtle nearly to the ground each spring to the removal of dead wood and old flower stalks only. Topping creates several long, thin branches from each cut which droop down under the weight of the flowers. This practice disfigures the nice trunk and branch structure.

Lower branches are often thinned to show off the trunk form and color. Pruning is not needed for good growth. Remove the spent flower heads to encourage a second flush of flowers and to prevent formation of the brown fruits.

Since cultivars are now available in a wide range of growth heights, severe pruning should not be necessary to control size. Severe pruning can stimulate basal sprouting which can become a constant nuisance, requiring regular removal. Some Crape-Myrtle trees sprout from the base of the trunk and roots even without severe heading, but ‘Natchez appears to be much less prone to this problem.

Crape-Myrtle grows best in full sun with rich, moist soil but will tolerate less hospitable positions in the landscape just as well, once it becomes established. It grows well in limited soil spaces in urban areas such as along boulevards, in parking lots, and in small pavement cutouts if provided with some irrigation. They tolerate clay and alkaline soil well. However, the flowers of some selections may stain car paint.

‘Natchez’ shows perhaps the best resistance to powdery mildew and crape myrtle aphids of any of the cultivars of crape myrtle. There are other new cultivars (many developed by the USDA) available which are resistant to powdery mildew and aphids.

Many other cultivars of Crape-Myrtle are available: hybrid ‘Acoma’, 14 to 16 feet tall, white flowers, purple-red fall foliage, mildew resistant; hybrid ‘Biloxi’, 25 feet tall, pale pink blooms, orangered fall foliage, hardy and mildew resistant; ‘Cherokee’, 10 to 12 feet, bright red flowers; ‘Powhatan’, 14 to 20 feet, clear yellow fall foliage, medium purple flowers.

The hybrid cultivars ‘Muskogee’, 24 feet tall, light lavender flowers, and ‘Tuscarora’, 16 feet tall, dark coral pink blooms, are hybrids between Lagerstroemia indica and Lagerstroemia fauriei and have greater resistance to mildew. The cultivar ‘Crape Myrtlettes’ have the same color range as the species but only grow to three to four feet high.

The National Arboretum releases are generally superior because they have been selected for their disease resistance. These releases may prove more resistant to powdery mildew in the Deep South, although further testing needs to be done to confirm this.

Propagation is by cuttings or seed.

Pests

Mostly resistant to aphids.

Diseases

Powdery mildew can severely affect Crape-Myrtle but ‘Natchez’ is highly resistant.

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