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Northern Belle Hardy Watermelon Crape Myrtle

Exclusive, cold–hardy crape myrtle

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  • Hot color, right when the garden needs it
  • Excellent, drought-tolerant plant
  • Finally, a crape myrtle that thrives in the North
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height/Habit: 36 - 54 inches
  • Zone: 5-9
  • Flowering Date: Midsummer to fall
  • Ship As: BAREROOT
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Northern Belle Hardy Watermelon Crape Myrtle

This is one of our exclusive cultivars from Dr. Keith Zary's brand new Northern Belle Hardy Crape Myrtle series. This series produces the most hardy crape myrtles yet—they don't just survive in northern zones, they put on a brilliant performance year after year. In midsummer, when other flowering shrubs are fading, this variety will burst into bloom with incredibly vivid, hot color. Butterflies adore it. It is a reliable rebloomer all the way up to zones 5 and 6—we got an excellent performance out of it in zone 6, even without winter protection. It stays at a good height for a border accent shrub. In cooler zones it'll die back to the ground and grow new each year, to about 3' tall. It will grow a little taller in warmer zones—still not the size of a tree, but we've seen this cultivar grow up to 5' tall in sunny California. Drought tolerant once established. Lagerstoemia indica '08–60369–48'
Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameLagerstoemia indica '08-60369-48'
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread24 - 36 inches
  • Spacing24 - 36 inches
  • Hardiness Zone5-9
  • Flowering DateMidsummer to fall
  • 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 Color:red, pink
  • 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,
  • Soil RequirementWell-drained, organically rich, moisture retentive soil. Becomes more drought tolerant with age.
  • PruningFor southern zones Thin 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. Northern zones (5 and 6) prune back any winterkilled branches in late
  • ShippedBAREROOT
  • Height/Habit36 - 54 inches
  • Growth RateModerate.
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