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Natchez Crapemyrtle

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$42.98
  • Silvery-white blooms in Fall
  • Matures to 6-8' wide by 4-6' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 9
  • Plant in full sun
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Description

The Natchez Crapemyrtle characterized by its pristine white blossoms that gracefully blanket the plant during the summer months are reminiscent of Southern charm. The Natchez Crapemyrtle showcases a graceful, upright growth habit, ultimately reaching a mature height of 20 to 30 feet with a spread of 15 to 20 feet, making it an ideal choice for a show-stopping standalone specimen or as part of a picturesque hedge.

Whether used to frame an entrance, grace a garden bed, or as a stunning backdrop, the Natchez Crapemyrtle adds a touch of Southern elegance to any outdoor space.

During the spring and summer, the leaves are a bright green, providing a fresh and vibrant backdrop for the tree's stunning white blooms.

As the seasons shift to autumn, the foliage of the Natchez Crapemyrtle takes on a brilliant show of colors. The leaves typically change to a rich orange-red or sometimes a reddish-brown, adding a warm and inviting hue to the landscape. This seasonal transition in foliage color is one of the reasons why the Natchez Crapemyrtle is highly valued in gardens and landscapes, as it provides year-round visual interest.

Natchez Crapemyrtle Care

The Natchez Crapemyrtle has proven to remain both beautiful and resilient in USDA zones 7-9, capable of enduring temperatures ranging from 0° to 30° F.

This variety of Crape Myrtle thrives in almost any moist, yet well-drained soil. To ensure optimal blooming and robust growth, it needs a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight each day to provide optimal opportunity for growth.

Watering and Pruning Natchez Crapemyrtle Trees

Regular watering is essential, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, they are relatively drought-tolerant, but it's important to maintain a consistent watering schedule during prolonged dry periods.

As for pruning, it should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Light pruning to shape the tree can also be performed, but it's crucial to avoid heavy pruning, as this can lead to excessive growth of shoots and reduce flowering. The goal is to maintain the natural form of the tree while promoting healthy growth and abundant blooms.

Mulching and Fertilizing Natchez Crapemyrtle

Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the Crapemyrtle. Be sure to leave some space around the trunk to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rot or fungal diseases.

Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer that's formulated for flowering trees and shrubs. A formula with a higher phosphorus content can encourage better blooming. Apply fertilizer in early spring as new growth appears. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the amount and frequency.

  1. Mulching helps retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. It also adds an aesthetic finish to the garden bed and contributes to the overall health of the Crapemyrtle.
  2. Use organic mulch like shredded bark, pine straw, or compost. These materials break down over time, adding nutrients to the soil.
  3. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the Crapemyrtle. Be sure to leave some space around the trunk to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rot or fungal diseases.
  4. Refresh the mulch layer annually or as needed, typically in the spring or fall.

*The Natchez Crape myrtle is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant that will go dormant during winter. Therefore, if you order this plant in the fall or winter, expect seasonal foliage decline (discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.

Planting tips for Acid Loving Plants

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

How to Space Your Natchez Crapemyrtle

Plant your Natchez Crapemyrtle 6-8 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, space them 10-15+ feet apart for gaps between plants.

  • Scientific Name
    Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Natchez'
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Fast Growth, Flowering, Drought Tolerant, Sun Loving
  • Feature Color
    White
  • Uses
    Accent, Hedge, Specimen, Xeriscaping
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Spring, Summer

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, and 9

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Natchez Crapemyrtle

$42.98

The Natchez Crapemyrtle characterized by its pristine white blossoms that gracefully blanket the plant during the summer months are reminiscent of Southern charm. The Natchez Crapemyrtle showcases a graceful, upright growth habit, ultimately reaching a mature height of 20 to 30 feet with a spread of 15 to 20 feet, making it an ideal choice for a show-stopping standalone specimen or as part of a picturesque hedge.

Whether used to frame an entrance, grace a garden bed, or as a stunning backdrop, the Natchez Crapemyrtle adds a touch of Southern elegance to any outdoor space.

During the spring and summer, the leaves are a bright green, providing a fresh and vibrant backdrop for the tree's stunning white blooms.

As the seasons shift to autumn, the foliage of the Natchez Crapemyrtle takes on a brilliant show of colors. The leaves typically change to a rich orange-red or sometimes a reddish-brown, adding a warm and inviting hue to the landscape. This seasonal transition in foliage color is one of the reasons why the Natchez Crapemyrtle is highly valued in gardens and landscapes, as it provides year-round visual interest.

Natchez Crapemyrtle Care

The Natchez Crapemyrtle has proven to remain both beautiful and resilient in USDA zones 7-9, capable of enduring temperatures ranging from 0° to 30° F.

This variety of Crape Myrtle thrives in almost any moist, yet well-drained soil. To ensure optimal blooming and robust growth, it needs a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight each day to provide optimal opportunity for growth.

Watering and Pruning Natchez Crapemyrtle Trees

Regular watering is essential, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, they are relatively drought-tolerant, but it's important to maintain a consistent watering schedule during prolonged dry periods.

As for pruning, it should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Light pruning to shape the tree can also be performed, but it's crucial to avoid heavy pruning, as this can lead to excessive growth of shoots and reduce flowering. The goal is to maintain the natural form of the tree while promoting healthy growth and abundant blooms.

Mulching and Fertilizing Natchez Crapemyrtle

Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the Crapemyrtle. Be sure to leave some space around the trunk to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rot or fungal diseases.

Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer that's formulated for flowering trees and shrubs. A formula with a higher phosphorus content can encourage better blooming. Apply fertilizer in early spring as new growth appears. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the amount and frequency.

  1. Mulching helps retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. It also adds an aesthetic finish to the garden bed and contributes to the overall health of the Crapemyrtle.
  2. Use organic mulch like shredded bark, pine straw, or compost. These materials break down over time, adding nutrients to the soil.
  3. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the Crapemyrtle. Be sure to leave some space around the trunk to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rot or fungal diseases.
  4. Refresh the mulch layer annually or as needed, typically in the spring or fall.

*The Natchez Crape myrtle is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant that will go dormant during winter. Therefore, if you order this plant in the fall or winter, expect seasonal foliage decline (discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.

Planting tips for Acid Loving Plants

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  • 2.5 Gallon
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