An outstanding ornamental tree for the garden or landscape!. This small tree or large shrub provides bold purple blooms, outstanding foliage color and even shedding bark for winter interest. In the summer months, the deep purple flower panicles open and attract butterflies. The Catawba Hardy Crape Myrtle has deciduous foliage that has a bronzy cast in the spring and that turns a bright green during the summer months. In the fall, the glossy green foliage turns a stunning orange-red. The bark has red, brown and gray hues. Growing 6-15' tall, the Catawba Hardy Crape Myrtle performs best when planted in organically rich, well-drained soil and full sun. It becomes more drought tolerant with age.
Planting InstructionsPerforms best in full sun. Set plant at the same level it is growing at in the container, firm soil and water thoroughly.
Winter CareMulch in cooler climates and remove in early spring before new growth starts.
Flower FormMany small flowers bloom in terminal panicles on the current season's growth.
Foliage TypeDeciduous, glossy, green foliage. Foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer, orange-red in the fall. Mildew resistant.
Soil RequirementWell-drained, organically rich, moisture retentive soil. Becomes more drought tolerant with age.
PruningThin young trees in late winter to early spring. Make sure to leave 3-7 main trunks or canopy branches. Older trees prune only to remove suckers that have emerged from main trunks or ground. Prune in winter.
Unique CharactersticsDisplays large, long lasting clusters of dark purple crepe-like flowers. Handsome foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer, orange-red fall color. Mildew resistant. (from Monrovia)