|Crape Myrtle Varieties (Left to Right: Tuscarora, Zuni, Natchez, Muskogee and Sioux)|
|Lagerstromeia indica 'Sioux'|
|Lagerstroemia indica 'Muskogee'|
HARDINESS & PRUNING: Lagerstroemia are a hardy to zones 7-9 and are “deer resistant”, meaning that deer will most likely avoid them in their diet. They grow best in full sunlight in a well-drained soil with a pH of 5.0-6.5. These trees require little to no pruning but can be pruned to maintain a more compact shape or to remove any dead branches that may result from a harsh winter. If you are going to prune wait until late winter or early spring after the last frost. The plants are dormant in winter and any flowering occurs on new growth so pruning will encourage new flower producing branches. Remove any dead branches, suckers growing from the base or weak twiggy branches and allow strong leader branches to keep the framework of the tree.
|Lagerstroemia indica 'Natchez'|
|Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora'|
As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening © Copyright 2010. All Rights Reserved.