Crape Myrtle Choices For South Texas!

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There are many different varieties of Crape Myrtles but a limited number that thrive in South Texas. With the proper cultivar and proper placement, they will provide color and form to your landscape for many years. They do love the sun and need a half a day of sunlight or more. All of the below varieties are drought tolerant once established and are mildew resistant. They all bloom clusters of crepe-like blooms.

Our favorites are:

(Listing From Tallest To Shortest)

Basham up to 30′ tall lavender-pink blooms
Natchez up to 25′ tall white blooms
Arapaho up to 20′ tall red blooms with maroon tinged foliage
Red Rocket up to 15′ tall ruby red blooms with dark green foliage
Dynamite up to 15′ tall fire red blooms
Catawba up to 15′ tall purple blooms
Zuni up to 12′ tall purple blooms
Tonto 8′-10′ tall dark red blooms
Hopi up to 10′ tall light pink blooms
Ebony Flame up to 10′ tall dark foliage with red blooms
Ebony Ivory up to 10′ tall dark foliage with white blooms


Natchez, Basham, Dynamite

*Please note – most dwarf varieties do not do well in our area without pampering.

From the above, the Basham Party Pink Crape Myrtle  provides the fastest and  most shade, growing up to 30′ tall.

When selecting your variety, make sure you give it plenty of space, height and width. As with all trees, trim as needed to eliminate branches from rubbing against each other and prune off lower “twiggy” growth, but do not “top” prune. If you purchase a Crape Myrtle as a young plant, you can select which trunks you want to keep and get rid of the rest to give it the form you want it to have as a mature plant.

It’s a wonder to watch Crape Myrtles go from ordinary to extraordinary in a matter of days as they start blooming in late spring. Look down most neighborhood streets to find a multiple of white, pinks, reds and purples high above homes. Crape Myrtles are a beautiful long-lived addition to your landscape. They are cold hardy, great color for summer, provide fall colored foliage and interesting bark (exfoliating), and drought tolerant once established.

We think Crape Myrtles are a winner for landscapes and will give you years of enjoyment!


-Sally & Debbie




8 Comments on “Crape Myrtle Choices For South Texas!”

  1. Thank you for the information. I love Crape Myrtles. I live in Rockport and had one for several years, but it did not make it. When should you plant a young Crape Myrtle? Is right now okay. The heat is already here so early in the season.

  2. Lu, you can plant a crape myrtle now if you are present to water through summer. We have just started watering ours twice a day, early morning and early afternoon. They will need water every day for a few weeks then three times a week for a few weeks then twice a week through the first summer. If you will be away during summer, you might wait til October, if planted then you will still need to water regularly but not so frequently. Selection will not be as broad then since they will soon go dormant, but we will always have 2 or 3 of our best varieties.

    1. Sorry Mary, just saw your question. The variety determines the color. There may be two or more varieties with a similar shade of pink, or red, or white, but usually with different heights, or different fall color, or something else.

    1. Sandra, it is best to slow or stop watering in the fall to allow plants to go dormant for winter. But for newly planted plants, do water weekly or biweekly if you have not had a substantial rain.

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