Weekly Express-News Article
“San Antonio Life”
By Calvin R. Finch, PhD, SAWS Water Resources Director, and Horticulturist
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Crape myrtles are blooming all over San Antonio. They bloom in
white, pink, lavender and red. Varieties range in size from under
three feet tall to over 30 feet tall. Crape myrtles bloom from
two to four months per summer depending on the variety and the
weather. Plant them in full sun. They are a good xeriscape plant.
Select your crape myrtle for the color of its bloom, its eventual
size, its fall leaf color, its bark patterns and its resistance
to powdery mildew. They can be planted now. Here are a few of
my favorite selections to consider. All of them have mildew resistance.
For a more extensive list visit, plant answers.com.
Natchez is one of the favorite tall crape myrtles (30 feet).
It has a white bloom that makes a show four months of the summer.
The bark is a beautiful cinnamon color.
Tuscarora is the most popular pink crape myrtle. It is less shrubby
and more upright than Natchez, but almost as tall. Tuscarora has
red orange fall color and light-brown bark.
Muskogee is a popular carpe myrtle because of its long bloom
period. Most summers it blooms for a full four months. Muskogee
has lavender flowers and attractive red fall foliage.
Red is the favorite crape myrtle color. Arapaho has true red
blooms on a tree that grows to over 20 feet. It also has yellow
orange fall color, and light tan bark. Dynamite is smaller than
Arapaho, 15 feet, but also makes a good small tree. Cheyenne’s
bloom is red and it grows to eight feet.
For smaller crape myrtles consider Pokomoke for pink blooms on
a plant that only grows to three feet. Velva’s Royal Delight
has a purple flower. It grows to between three and five feet tall.